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Lavillenie over 5.80m again

France's Renaud Lavillenie underlined his Mr Consistent tag with another assured pole vaulting display on Saturday.

Just two days after winning the Oslo Diamond League meet, Lavillenie won with a best of 5.82 metres to fire another broadside at potential rivals for the Olympic vaulting crown at next month's London Olympics.

Australian Steve Hooker, the defending Olympic champion from Beijing, continued his stilted comeback from injury, albeit with a heart-in-mouth moment.

Hooker failed to plant his pole at 5.22m and left himself with a do-or-die third and final vault at the distance, which he just managed.

He then failed at 5.52m, his best vault recorded at 5.42m, 10cm lower than the height at which Lavillenie even entered competition.


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