Renaud Lavillenie was aiming for the top 3 this Thursday evening in Zurich, in the Diamond League final. A goal which the Clermont pole vaulter came really close to. For one more try, compared to Christopher Nielsen, the Auvergnat finally had to settle for 4th place, after clearing a bar at 5.81 m, like the American.
The pole vaulter from Clermont Auvergne Athlétisme started his competition on the Zurich jump by clearing 5.62 m on his first attempt. He then passed a second bar, at 5.72 m, doing it twice.
Two attempts were also necessary for him to cross 5.81 m while Nielsen only needed one try to pass at that height.
The Auvergnat asked after a bar at 5.91 m, but his three attempts ended in as many failures.
Second place in the competition went to Norwegian Sondre Guttormsen, thanks to a jump of 5.86 m. As for the victory, it was unsurprisingly won by Armand Duplantis, who offered himself the meeting record (the old one belonged to him) by improving it by one centimeter (6.07 m).