18 September 1986 |
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||Outdoor 6.02 (2013) NR
Indoor 6.03 (2011) NR 
Lavillenie won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Aside from his Olympic victory he has won one World Indoor Championships gold medal, two European Outdoor Championships gold medals and three European Indoor Championships gold medals. He has also won one silver medal and two bronze medals at the World Outdoor Championships. As of 2013[update], he holds the French national record for the highest pole vault clearance outdoors at 6.02 m and indoors at 6.03 m, which is the third-highest personal best indoor clearance of all time.
His younger brother Valentin Lavillenie is also a pole vaulter.
Lavillenie achieved a personal best jump of 5.65 metres in June 2008 in Villeneuve-d'Ascq. He vaulted 5.81 metres on the indoor track in December 2008 in Aulnay-sous-Bois, and repeated the feat twice since.
Lavillenie improved his outdoor best to 5.80 m in May 2009, beating veteran French pole vaulter Romain Mesnil in Forbach. Shortly after he increased his best to 5.96 m at a meet in Aubière, setting a world-leading mark. He improved the world-leading mark to 6.01 metres in June 2009 in Leiria, Portugal.
At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics Renaud Lavillenie vaulted 5.80 m to win the bronze medal (his first global medal) behind Steven Hooker and Mesnil. He also took part in the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final but failed to record a mark and finished last. The following season he entered the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, but he could not achieve the qualifying mark of 5.60 m and did not make it into the final. He had better success at the 2010 IAAF Diamond League in the outdoor season, scoring a win at the Bislett Games. At the Adidas Grand Prix in June 2010, he beat Steven Hooker with a winning vault of 5.85 m. A few weeks later, he captured the European title in Barcelona.
On 5 March 2011, on the second day of the European Indoor Championships in Paris, Lavillenie vaulted 6.03 m and broke the French indoor vaulting national record previously held by Jean Galfione at 6.00 m; that jump became the third-highest personal best indoor clearance of all time. Outdoors, he managed only fifth at the 2011 European Team Championships, but took four wins on the 2011 IAAF Diamond League to claim the seasonal title. At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics he cleared 5.85 m to win the bronze medal for a second time running at the competition.
He underwent surgery on his left hand after he broke it due to a snapped pole accident in December. He returned to competition in February the following year and won the Pole Vault Stars meet with a clearance of 5.82 m.
At the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Renaud Lavillenie won the gold medal for the first time by clearing 5.95m, which was 15cm better than the silver and bronze medallists. At the 2012 European Athletics Championships, he cleared 5.97 m to win the gold medal for the second time in a row.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Lavillenie won the gold medal by clearing 5.97 m and setting a new Olympic record. He was in the bronze medal position (5.85 m) behind two Germans on 5.91 m - Björn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe - when he cleared the aforementioned height on his third and final attempt. He had earlier failed to clear 5.91 m on his first attempt and 5.97 m on his second. After securing the gold medal when Otto and Holzdeppe failed later to match or better his 5.97 m, Lavillenie attempted to clear 6.02 m (once) and had two unsuccessful attempts at 6.07 m. He thus won France its 14th track and field Olympic gold medal in history, became the first French track and field Olympic champion since 1996 and the third French men's Olympic pole vault champion. 
At the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships, Lavillenie won the gold medal for the third time in a row after clearing 6.01 m. After two unsuccessful attempts at 6.07 m, his third was discounted as a foul, because although the bar did not fall, it had bounced up onto the upright holders rather than the pegs. He had not failed any attempts up until this height with first time clearances at 5.61, 5.76, 5.86, 5.91, 5.96 and 6.01 metres.
At the 27 July 2013 London Anniversary Games fixture of the IAAF Diamond League, Lavillenie cleared 6.02m to take victory along with a meeting record and the French national record for the outdoor pole vault. He then had the bar raised to a height of 6.16m, but he failed to cleared that height three consecutive times. If he had succeeded, he would have broken Sergey Bubka's outdoors world record of 6.14m set in 1994. 
Going into the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, Lavillenie was the overwhelming favorite. He had dominated the event since the start of 2013. So far in 2013 he was the only man to have gone beyond the 6-metre mark and he had cleared the year's highest height of 6.02m just two weeks ago in London. He failed to clear the height of 5.96 meters three consecutive times. The German pole vaulter Raphael Holzdeppe also failed to clear this height three consecutive times. Holzdeppe beat Lavillenie to the gold medal by virtue of his clearing the previous highest height of 5.89 metres on his first attempt, whereas Lavillenie needed three attempts to clear 5.89 metres. Lavillenie thus won the silver medal with a height of 5.89 metres, the same height as Holzdeppe.
Lavillenie attempted to break the 14-year old world decathlon best in the pole vault event (5.76m, set by Tim Lobinger in 1999) at the annual Décastar meeting in September 2013, but he managed only to clear a height of 5.47 m in his specialist event.
- Renaud Lavillenie profile at IAAF
- "Lavillenie’s 6.03m clearance dazzles Paris". International Association of Athletics Federations. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- Vazel, P.J. (2009-06-01). Lavillenie increases his outdoor ceiling to 5.80m. IAAF. Retrieved on 1 June 2009.
- Pole Vault 2009. IAAF (2009-06-16). Retrieved on 16 June 2009.
- Jeffery, Nicole (2010-06-14). Hooker consigns failures to the past. The Australian. Retrieved on 14 June 2010.
- European pole vault champion Lavillenie breaks hand. European Athletics (2011-12-08). Retrieved on 12 February 2012.
- Ramsak, Bob (2012-02-12). In post-injury comeback, Lavillenie tops 5.82m in Donetsk. IAAF. Retrieved on 12 February 2012.
- "Olympics athletics: Pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie breaks record". 10 August 2012.
- "Lavillenie – doing his best to continue the story of French vault success". 10 August 2012.
- "Lavillenie bat le record de France (6m02) puis échoue pour le record du monde (6m16)". 27 July 2013.
- van Kuijen, Hans (2013-09-15). Warner and Melnychenko win in Talence – IAAF Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-09-21.
- Renaud Lavillenie at Sports-Reference
- IAAF profile of Renaud Lavillenie
- Media related to Renaud Lavillenie at Wikimedia Commons
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