Lavillenie would have done well without it

Renaud Lavillenie (36), still struggling with his hamstrings, announced Thursday on social networks that he had decided to give up on the indoor season in order to “totally repair his body”. The Auvergne pole vaulter hopes to be able to resume outdoors in the spring, again in full possession of his means.

No room for Renaud Lavillenie (36 years old). Still not completely recovered from his pain at the level of the insertion of the tendon of the right hamstring that he has been dragging since last summer, the Auvergnat, who thought for a time to resume the pole on December 26 last by “de small jumps” at first, was once again forced to postpone his return to the jumping area. Worse: the Olympic champion of the London Games in 2012 will not be jumping indoors at all this winter. Lavillenie has decided to completely skip the room and only return next spring. On social networks, the former world record holder announced Thursday that he did not want to take any risks, and would therefore only return when he considers that his body will be “completely repaired”. Which probably pushes him to spring, with the Budapest World Championships in perspective.

A first for Lavillenie

“I decided in consultation with my sports and medical entourage not to try to do an indoor season this winter”, reveals Lavillenie, who specifies that contrary to what he thought before the end of year celebrations, his tendon is far from cured. “He still needs a bit of time to be 100% operational, my body made me understand this through tensions that are always present when the intensity increases. “I want to put myself in the best possible conditions to perform this summer. I’m a lover of my sport, but my goal remains the Budapest Worlds”, adds the Clermontois, without hiding that it is a “difficult decision to make” knowing that since his debut, he has never yet had to give up the entire indoor season. “For more than fifteen years, I have always chained the winter and summer seasons. “Lavillenie hopes that this first will not prevent him from dreaming of striking a final blow, with obviously the Paris Olympic Games in 2024 in his sights.


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