Olympics 2021, athletics: Lavillenie is recovering well from his ankle injury

The former pole vault record holder Renaud Lavillenie will not fly to Japan on Monday as scheduled for the Tokyo Olympics. Eager to recover well from his left ankle injury, the Clermontois will leave on Thursday.

A change in Renaud Lavillenie’s schedule on D-4 before the start of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Handicapped by an injury, the former pole vault record holder is recovering well from his sprained left ankle contracted at the Sotteville-lès-Rouen meeting on July 11. Eight days later, the pole vaulter works almost night and day with his medical staff. The Clermontois has already trotted and leaned on his ankle from the fifth day. He also enjoys cycling in the Puy de Dôme mountains to keep fit.

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Renaud Lavillenie
Renaud Lavillenie © AFP

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He will leave the same day as Kevin Mayer

Renaud Lavillenie, 34, has therefore postponed his departure for Kobe, training center for the athlete’s Blues before the Tokyo Games, to recover even better. Originally scheduled for Monday, the 2012 Olympic champion will leave France on Thursday (like Kevin Mayer) to take a Paris-Osaka flight. The pole vault qualifications start on Saturday July 31st. The final of the competition is scheduled for Tuesday August 3.

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