|Renaud Lavillenie. — AFP Photo|Viet Nam News
LAUSANNE — France’s Renaud Lavillenie made up for the disappointment of a loss to Sam Kendricks on home turf last week by vaulting to victory at the opening event of the Lausanne Diamond League on Wednesday.
With the main track and field programme set for Thursday at the Olympic stadium of La Pontaise, the pole vaulters disembarked to a picturesque set-up alongside Lake Geneva.
World record holder Lavillenie won the competition with a best of 5.91 metres, Poland’s Pawel Wojciechowski taking second with 5.84, and Kendricks and Australia’s Commonwealth champion Kurtis Marshall sharing third (5.77).
Lavillenie had a wobble at 5.77m, only clearing it on his third attempt before moving up.
"I was left gutted in Paris," France’s 2012 Olympic champion said of his third-placed finish (5.84m) in the French capital on Saturday, when Kendricks cleared a world lead of 5.96m.
"It was a bit of a shame on home soil. But I’ve refound my mojo."
Lavillenie set his world record of 6.16m in February 2015, but last went over the mythical 6m-mark in May 2015, vaulting 6.05m in Eugene.
"I would love to once again vault over 6m, I’ve tried it three times this season and I’m not far away," he said. — AFP