News31 Mar 2015

Lavillenie and Pearson the first stars to sign up for Brussels – IAAF Diamond League


Renaud Lavillenie at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels (© Gladys von der Laage)

The 2014 World Athlete of the Year Renaud Lavillenie will compete at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, the 2015 IAAF Diamond League final on 11 September, the meeting organisers announced on Tuesday (31).

The flying French pole vaulter has been unbeaten this winter, going over six metres at no fewer than five meetings, culminating in a world-leading 6.04m at the European Indoor Championship in Prague on 8 March.

Lavillenie has targeted six metres in the King Baudouin Stadium in the Belgian capital, a height no other athlete has ever jumped in Brussels, not even Lavillenie’s idol Sergey Bubka, the man he supplanted as world record holder last year.

He won in Brussels last September when he cleared an outdoor world-leading mark of 5.93m to clinch his fifth successive Diamond Race win in the pole vault.

Australia’s Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson will also be in Brussels this coming September.

The Australian has already competed on five occasions in Brussels but, unlike Lavillenie, she is still chasing her first victory.

Pearson will face a pair of local stars, former European indoor 60m hurdles champion Eline Berings and national record-holder Anne Zagre.

Organisers for the IAAF

2015 IAAF Diamond League calendar
Doha, QAT – 15 May
Shanghai, CHN – 17 May
Eugene, USA – 30 May
Rome, ITA – 4 June
Birmingham, GBR – 7 June
Oslo, NOR – 11 June
New York, USA – 13 June
Paris, FRA – 4 July
Lausanne, SUI – 9 July
Monaco, MON – 17 July
London, GBR – 24-25 July
Stockholm, SWE – 30 July
Zurich, SUI – 3 September
Brussels, BEL – 11 September