Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie broke Sergei Bubka's 21-year-old indoor pole vault world record on Saturday at the same Donetsk meeting where the Ukrainian great set the old mark in 1993.
Lavillenie vaulted 6.16 metres at his first attempt to improve the record by one centimetre. To make the moment sweeter Bubka was present to witness it and among the first to congratulate him.
The 27-year-old revealed he had changed his pole in between the successful attempt at 6.01 metres and the record vault, something he had never done before.
"It was totally crazy. I wanted to do my best. It was incredible," he said.
French pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie: "I want to do my best"
"I asked for 6.16 metres because it was the best place to break the record of Sergei Bubka, 21 years after he set the mark."
Lavillenie has kept improving his best indoor mark in recent weeks and became the second highest man in history last month with a 6.08 metres effort.
The athlete won the Olympic title at the London Games in 2012 and his first indoor world title the same year.
With an outdoor best of 6.02 metres, Lavillenie has so far failed to win an outdoor world title.
Six-time outdoor world champion and 1998 Olympic gold medallist Bubka still holds the outdoor world record of 6.14 metres.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and Reuters)
Date created : 2014-02-15