Paris, June 30, 2024 — France’s celebrated pole vaulter, Renaud Lavillenie, has confirmed he will miss the upcoming Paris Olympics after failing to clear the necessary qualifying height at the French championships on Sunday.

Lavillenie, 37, who captivated the world with his gold medal performance at the London 2012 Olympics, fell short in his final bid to make the team.

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Lavillenie, a former world record holder, needed to vault 5.82 meters to secure his spot in the Paris Games. However, he opted to pass at the opening height of 5.60 meters, then failed three consecutive attempts at 5.72 meters, bringing an end to his quest for another Olympic appearance.

This development marks a significant moment in the career of a vaulter who has been a dominant force in the sport for over a decade. Lavillenie’s record-breaking jump of 6.16 meters in Donetsk in 2015 remains one of the highlights of his illustrious career.

This performance surpassed the previous record of 6.14 meters set by Sergey Bubka, solidifying Lavillenie’s place in pole vault history.

Despite his remarkable achievements, Lavillenie’s Olympic journey has had its share of ups and downs.

In the 2016 Rio Olympics, he entered the competition as the favorite but had to settle for a silver medal after being bested by Brazilian Thiago Braz da Silva. His disappointment in Rio was palpable, yet it did little to tarnish his legacy as one of the sport’s greats.

Beyond his Olympic accolades, Lavillenie’s career is decorated with numerous titles and medals.

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He is a three-time European champion and has claimed three world indoor gold medals. His performance in the world outdoor championships has also been commendable, with one silver and four bronze medals to his name.

Lavillenie’s influence on the sport extends beyond his medal haul. His technique, resilience, and sportsmanship have inspired a generation of athletes. His ability to push the boundaries of what is possible in pole vaulting has made him a beloved figure in athletics.

In a statement following his unsuccessful qualification attempt, Lavillenie expressed his disappointment but also reflected on his career with a sense of pride.

“Missing the Paris Olympics is a tough pill to swallow, especially given the significance of competing in my home country. However, I look back on my career with immense gratitude and pride. Pole vaulting has given me more than I could have ever imagined, and I hope to continue contributing to the sport in new ways,” he said.

As France prepares to host the Olympics, the absence of Lavillenie will undoubtedly be felt. His presence and experience would have been a significant boost to the French athletics team. Nonetheless, his legacy will undoubtedly inspire the athletes who will represent France on the global stage.

Looking ahead, Lavillenie’s future in the sport remains a topic of interest. While he may no longer be competing at the Olympic level, his contributions to pole vaulting are far from over. Many anticipate that he will take on a mentoring role, guiding the next generation of athletes and sharing his vast knowledge and experience.

In conclusion, Renaud Lavillenie’s failure to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics marks the end of an era. However, his storied career, marked by extraordinary achievements and a relentless pursuit of excellence, ensures that his legacy in the sport of pole vaulting will endure for years to come.

 

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