Having lost at the Shanghai Diamond League, Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie got back to winning ways in the men’s Pole Vault, scaling 5.81m to secure victory at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene Diamond League.

Lavillenie made a first time clearance of 5.81m but missed all three attempts at 5.87m, however he was able to still get his win after world champion Shawn Barber had already failed twice before clearing 5.81m. Sam Kendericks who beat Lavillenie last two weeks, finished 3rd clearing 5.71m.

In the men’s Javelin, Ihab Abdelrahman won the battle of the spears, throwing his best mark of 87.32m with World Champion Julius Yego finishing 2nd with a mark of 83.21m and Thomas Rohler 3rd throwing 80.61m.

Meanwhile in the men’s Triple Jump, Christain Taylor left it until his very last jump to cement victory leaping 17.76m. In fact it looked like Will Clay had nicked it with his sixth attempt of 17.56m, but Taylor responded just like he had always done and leapt to a successive Diamond League victory. Omar Craddock finished 3rd going a distance of 17.15m.

32-year old Chaunte Lowe scaled 1.95m to win the women’s High Jump. She was the only athlete to clear that height and she missed all three attempts with the bar raised at 1.97m. Levern Spencer finished 2nd with her first time clearance of 1.92m and Kamila Licwinko 3rd at 1.92m.

Click here to read our review of the track events, Kendra Harrison’s stunning 100m Hurdles win and the breathtaking 3000m Steeplechase.

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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