Armand Duplantis is no longer alone this winter. Impressive since the start of the year with several attempts on his own world record (6.18m), the Swede was joined at the top of the world pole vault this Saturday evening.
During the Perche Elite Tour de Rouen, which over the years has become a pretty temple of the genre, the American Chris Nilsen, who already jumped 6.02 m at the start of the season, indeed cleared 6.05 m , tying the world’s best winter performance and setting a new United States indoor record, which he already held.
Before that, the Tokyo Olympic vice-champion had to get rid of the Filipino Ernest Obiena and the 2016 Olympic champion Thiago Braz, both very sticky up to 5.91 m (2nd and 3rd respectively). But at 6.01m, only Nilsen passed on his second attempt, then offering himself 6.05m on the first try, before stopping his competition in anticipation of the Paris meeting this Sunday.
Valentin Lavillenie best Frenchman with 5.81m
A little earlier, Valentin Lavillenie had come very close to crossing 5.86 m, which would have been a new personal best for the youngest of the Lavillenies. However, with a new bar raised to 5.81m, Valentin confirmed his good form at the moment to take 5th place, unlike Renaud, father of his second child last week and once again a little tight (10th with 5 .51m).
Moreover, while the two had claimed their place for the Worlds in Belgrade (March 18-20) on the evening of France (Thibaut Collet, 5.61 m this evening, being already qualified with his title and the minima in France) , the big brother announced this Saturday evening that he was ending his winter season, leaving a warm place for his brother, when they had both achieved the minimums this season (5.81 m) and that the former world record holder went ahead with his ranking.
“There were words last week that overtook our thoughts. We’re too old for this baby war”
“I was almost surprised by my first two attempts at 5.86mdelivered Valentin Lavillenie, first of the French contingent ahead of Ethan Cormont and Mathieu Collet (5.71 m both). We’ll see how I wake up tomorrow (Sunday) morning for the meeting in Paris. Regarding the selection, there were words last week that exceeded our thoughts. We’re too old for this “baby” war. We will do everything to be together this summer in Eugene (World’s Championships). »
Before Eugene, there will be Belgrade where Tina Sutej will have her say. Author of a new national record with 4.80 m, the Slovenian will advance in a good position at the Indoor Worlds (3rd world performance). Dulled by their fine battle at the French Championships last weekend, Margot Chevrier and Ninon Chapelle, on the other hand, settled for a bar at 4.56 m, finishing fourth and fifth, behind the Swiss Angelica Moser (2nd with 4.66 m) and the Cuban Yarisley Silva (3rd with 4.61 m).