31 January, 2019

Renaud Lavillenie: Mr. Diamond League

  • © Kirby Lee

Renaud Lavillenie is the most successful athlete in Diamond League history, and his finest moment on the circuit came back in 2015, when he broke all manner of records.

No single athlete has enjoyed as much success on the Diamond League circuit as Renaud Lavillenie. Since 2010, the French pole vaulter has racked up seven Diamond Trophies, completely dominating his discipline until just a few years ago. 

Even in recent years, as Sam Kendricks and Timur Morgunov have beaten him to the trophy, Lavillenie has remained the man to beat for title aspirants. 

In a glistening decade of Diamond League success, the Frenchman has had no shortage of glorious moments and stunning individual performances. In fact, there have been too many to count. 

In 2013, he became the first man to clear the six-metre-mark at a Diamond League meeting, clearing 6m at the Anniversary Games in London on his way to a fourth Diamond Trophy. 

Yet his finest moment came in 2015, as he smashed all manner of records on a sunny afternoon at Hayward Field. 

Clearing 6.05m, the Frenchman not only smashed the meeting record, he also set a new Diamond League record and extended his own outdoor PB. Though he will go down in history as a world record holder for a 6.16m indoor jump, his outdoor 6.05m remains no less impressive, and is still yet to be bettered in the Diamond League.