2/22/2019 8:45:14 PM

Pole vault world record holder Lavillenie out of Euro Indoors

Pole vault world record holder Lavillenie out of Euro Indoors

Clermont-Ferrand, France: Pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie will miss the upcoming European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow after failing to recover in time from a hamstring injury, the Frenchman announced on Friday.

"Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to jump," Lavillenie said to reporters.

"I'm in a recovery period and that means I either make the same mistakes as I have these past two years -- I try to jump, I potentially injure myself and then I lose time on summer preparation -- or I learn from my mistakes and take my time."

Lavillenie, 32, picked up his hamstring knock at the Paris-Bercy meet on January 27 and has not competed since. 

His decision to focus on summer preparation hints at a desire for glory at this year's world championships, which begin in Doha on September 27.

Lavillenie set the world record of 6.16m in February 2014.

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