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Review: Renaud Lavillenie wins gold at 2018 World Indoor Championships (Includes first-hand account)

Lavillenie won the men’s pole vault competition after clearing 5.90 meters on his second attempt, which was enough to secure him the win for the gold medal. He previously cleared 5.70 meters and 5.85 meters on his first attempt.

American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who was also the 2017 World Champion, came in second place with 5.85 meters, while Polish pole vaulter Piotr Lisek finished in third place.

This indoor season, Kendricks and Lavillenie were both the world leaders with 5.93 meters, which they cleared on February 25 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Lavillenie also holds the indoor world record in pole vault with 6.16 meters, which he set on February 15, 2014. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Lavillenie earned the silver medal, finishing second after Brazilian pole vaulter Thiago Braz, who had set an Olympic record with 6.03 meters.

The Frenchman was able to defend his world indoor champion throne. He previously won the gold in 2016 at the World Championships in Portland, Oregon, where he cleared 6.02 meters, while Kendricks and Lisek also won silver and bronze medals with clearances of 5.80 meters and 5.75 meters respectively.

To learn more about 2018 World Indoor Champion Renaud Lavillenie, follow him on Twitter.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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