France’s Renaud Lavillenie Red Flagged Following Historic Pole Vault, Heartbreak Ensues (Video)

pole vaulter renaud lavillenie crying

Imagine you’re a pole vaulter, and you’ve just performed what you believe is the second greatest indoor pole vault of all time, clearing a ridiculous 20-foot bar. You would be pretty ecstatic, right? Well, now imagine that, afterward, they tell you that the jump was disqualified. How would you feel then?

If you said, “like that guy,” referring to the man pictured above, there is a reason for that. That is French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, and the exact scenario I just described happened to him at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenburgh, Germany. The guy already had the gold medal all sewed up with a 6.01 meter clearance, so for his third and final jump he decided to go for something special: a 6.07 meter jump.

At first Lavillenie thought he’d made the jump, so he celebrated accordingly. Then he saw the officials’ red flag, and was outraged. And, after he realized why he had been justly disqualified after something incredibly rare occurred, out came the tears.

Take a look at the video. Toward the end, another athlete explains the disqualification rather succinctly:

What a bummer. But don’t feel too bad for the guy. I mean, he did win a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, so it’s not like he’s short on accomplishments.

Hat Tip – [BBC]

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