Shawn Barber

In 2013 and 2014, the men’s high jump was one of the most exciting events at Athletissima. The main entertainer of this extraordinary show was Bohdan Bondarenko, who already won both the Shanghai and the Rabat meets this season.

Three years ago, he became the first athlete to clear 2.40m at the Pontaise stadium and set a new stadium record at 2.41m, which stands as the current record.

Twelve months later, he won again with 2.40m thanks to better attempts, as fellow Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko had cleared the same height.

Bondarenko is therefore the only athlete who has cleared 2.40m twice at the Pontaise stadium.

“I love being in Lausanne because I always perform well there. One of the reasons is certainly the fact that the spectators are so close. I love the atmosphere in this stadium, it is very motivating.”

These two victories bode well for his career as he was crowned world champion in Moscow in 2013 and European champion in Zurich in 2014. The only title missing to his collection is the Olympic gold.

Why not go for both Olympic glory and a 3rd success at Athletissima? Come and find out on 25 August at the 41st edition of Athletissima.

First participation for Barber

On the opposite jumping pit, Renaud Lavillenie will have his work cut out to prevail for a 4th time in the pole vault competition. The world record holder will face Shawn Barber who surprised everybody last year at the Beijing World Championships with a winning jump of 5.90m.

This year, the Canadian pole vaulter has already jumped 1 cm higher in Austin (USA) and is considered as a serious contender of the French jumper. It will be the Canadian’s first appearance in Lausanne.

The Greek Konstadinos Filippidis, winner of the 2013 edition and whose personal best is of 5.91 m, will also be a serious contender. There is no doubt that the aerial show will be on display once again.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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