There is probably no better place in Karlsruhe to introduce a high flyer. High above the rooftops of Durlach and Karlsruhe on the Turmberg terrace, Renaud Lavillenie, world record holder and Olympic gold medalist in the pole vault, attended the press conference for the 34th INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe and chatted about the coming months with sporting director Alain Blondel. And first off, the most important is that: “The achievements in training are once again on the right track. To have that feeling, as in the years 2015 and 2016, where I so often managed to jump the six meters, returns again,” said the athletics superstar. He spent two months pausing to regain his former strength after many injury problems.
“On the one hand, it´s a excellent meeting with great fans, but I also want to perform well in the run-up to the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham”
“I’m back in training since six weeks. The INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe will be the second full-time meeting for me and is very important to me. On the one hand, it’s an excellent meeting with great fans, but I also want to perform well in the run-up to the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham,” said Lavillenie, who became a father in 2017. Even the question regarding the Meeting record, which the Frenchman himself holds with 5.91 meters, he does not leave unanswered: “I know that this event is very important for the audience. I will be in very good condition and, in any case, I want to attack the hall record.” “To which height?” “I want to increase it at least between one and ten centimeters,” says Lavillenie, who himself organizes a pole vault Meeting in his home town of Clermont-Ferrand.