According to a report by the Agence France-Presse, Olympic pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie held a press conference on Monday to announce he won’t be competing in next month’s world indoor championships in Poland, citing an injury to his left ankle suffered over the weekend as the reason for his withdrawal.
Lavillenie did say, however, that the injury isn’t too serious and shouldn’t keep him out of future competitions: “I am withdrawing (from the world indoors) because I have a big laceration, but it is nothing too serious.”
Lavillenie sustained the ankle injury on the same night he broke Sergei Bubka’s 21-year-old world record for the pole vault, clearing an impressive 6.16 meters. Lavillenie followed his record-setting jump by making an attempt at 6.21 meters. He didn’t clear the bar and hurt his ankle on the landing.
As recently as Sunday, Lavillenie’s father said the ankle injury wasn’t severe enough to keep Renaud out of the world championships, so there could be a case of miscommunication here. We’ll keep you updated as more information is made available.
[Source: Agence France-Presse]