Paris 2024 Olympics. “I want to go home”: Renaud Lavillenie finds himself with his back to the wall for Olympic qualification after his zero point in Toulouse

Paris 2024 Olympics. "I want to go home": Renaud Lavillenie finds himself with his back to the wall for Olympic qualification after his zero point in Toulouse

Renaud Lavillenie n'a passé aucune barre à Toulouse. MAXPPP – STADION-ACTU

L'ancien recordman du monde du saut à la perche Renaud Lavillenie n'a pas franchi une seule barre samedi 22 juin à Toulouse et devra donc à tout prix réaliser les minima olympiques (5,82 m) lors des championnats de France à Angers la semaine prochaine.

One month before the Paris Games, the race against time and for the minimums is almost coming to an end for Renaud Lavillenie.

Operated in September on the hamstrings, the 2012 Olympic champion returned to competition at the end of May and has since continued meetings to try to validate his ticket for the Games, for the moment in vain.

After six competitions in one month, the 37-year-old from Clermont has still not achieved the necessary 5.82 m. Saturday on the famous Place du Capitole in Toulouse, he failed three times to clear 5.50 m, his first bar.

"In absolute terms it will be an achievement if I can do it"

"Disgusted, frustrated, want to go home… That's the feeling", reacted Lavillenie after his competition, emphasizing having been hampered by the wind and the not optimal humid conditions "when (on) needs (se) reassurance".

Lavillenie now has his back against the wall since he only has one chance left to make the Olympic minimums: the French championships in Angers on Sunday June 30. "It's never a comfortable position", he admitted. "In absolute terms it will be an achievement if I achieve it but it will not be the first achievement of my career."

Collet wins in Toulouse

After a failed return to school (zero in Clermont-Ferrand at the end of May), the former world record holder (6.16 m in 2014) had achieved two promising competitions in Poland (5.72 m ) then to Lyon (5.70 m). But he then lacked success in mid-June at Le Bourget (zero) and Wednesday in Grenoble (5.40 m) after explaining that he had suffered a slight injury in Lyon.

The competition was won on Saturday by Thibaut Collet who cleared 5.82 m on his third attempt three days after beating his personal best (5.95 m on Wednesday in Grenoble). In the women's category, Britain's Molly Caudery improved the British record and her best world performance of the year by clearing 4.92 m.

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