Press Release09 Mar 2014

World record ratified


Renaud Lavillenie clearing a world record of 6.16m at the 2014 Pole Vault Stars meeting in Donetsk (© Valeriy Bilokryl / Jean-Pierre Durand)

The following world record has recently been ratified…


Pole Vault 

6.16 metres (indoors) Renaud Lavillenie FRA, Donetsk, UKR, 15 Feb 14

previous: 6.15m (indoors) Sergey Bubka UKR, Donetsk, UKR, 21 Feb 93 / 6.14m (outdoors) Sergey Bubka UKR, Sestriere ITA 31 Jul 94

Renaud Lavillenie, who suffered a foot injury following his historic 6.16m clearance, is not able to defend his IAAF World Indoor Championships title in Sopot this weekend but has travelled to the Polish city to be a spectator at the championships. 


Renaud Lavillenie's 6.16m indoor mark exceeds Sergey Bubka's existing 6.14m set outdoors, and is therefore now the world record.

Since 1998, IAAF Rules (currently Rule 260.18) have stated that world records can be set in a facility 'with or without a roof’ but the rule did not apply retrospectively.

Sergey Bubka’s indoor world record of 6.15m on 21 February, 1993, which was in excess of his outdoor world record at the time (6.13m, 19 Sep 1992 which he improved to 6.14m, 31 July 1994) but was set before this rule came into effect.