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Bubka watches Lavillenie break his world record

With Sergei Bubka in the crowd, there was perfect symmetry as Renaud Lavillenie broke Bubka’s indoor pole vault world record in the same Ukrainian city of Donetsk more than 20 years later. With Bubka cheering from the stands in Donetsk on Saturday, Lavillenie cleared the bar comfortably – he was not even close to touching it – at 6.16 meters (20 feet, 2 1/2 inches) in Bubka’s home city, almost to the day the pole vault great cleared 6.15 (20-2) on Feb. 21, 1993. Lavillenie, the reigning Olympic champion, was congratulated by Bubka, who had stood to applaud. “It’s going to take me some time to come back to earth because it’s incredible,” Lavillenie said. “This is a record that is so mythical, and to clear it on the first jump … It’s a moment to savor.” – AP

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