Renaud Lavillenie Facts
French Men's Pole Vault Athlete
- Renaud Lavillenie is a French Men's Pole vault Athlete.
- He was born in 1986.
- He was four years old when he first pole vaulted at home using a curtain rod.
- His father was an amateur pole vaulter.
- He plays for the club - Clermont Athletisme Auvergne.
- Damien Inocencio (FRA) is his coach.
- He broke his left hand in December 2011.
- Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergei Bubka is his hero.
- He underwent surgery on his left hand after he broke it due to a snapped pole accident.
- As of 2011, he holds the French record for the highest pole vault clearance indoors at 6.03 m, which is the third-highest personal best indoor clearance of all time.
- With a mark of 5.97, he has set a new Olympic Record and has won the London 2012 Olympics Gold Medal in Men's Pole Vault event.
- He is the first French track and field Olympic champion since 1996 and the fourth male French Olympic pole vault champion.