November 19, 2018

Da Silva stuns Lavillenie to win pole vault gold

Brazil`s Thiago Braz Da Silva celebrates after setting a new Olympic record and winning the gold medal in the Men`s Pole Vault during the athletics competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: AFP

Unheralded Brazilian Thiago Braz Da Silva sent the home crowd wild Monday as he trumped France’s defending Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie to win the men’s pole vault title.

In a thrilling competition in which Lavillenie was jeered every time he vaulted, Da Silva won gold with an Olympic record of 6.03 metres.

Lavillenie pitched everything on a last-gasp vault at 6.08m, but failed and had to be content with silver with a best of 5.98m.

American Sam Hendricks took bronze with 5.85.

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