Jumped 6.16 metres in Donetsk to break Sergey Bubka’s pole vault record of 6.15 metres – one of the classic world records in sport - which had stood for almost 21 years. In a spectacular year, Lavillenie won 21 out of 22 competitions, including winning the gold medal in the European Championship. He won six Diamond League races during the year to become the only athlete in history to secure a fifth Diamond Race title in any event. He was named IAAF Men’s Athlete of the Year.

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