Lavillenie, Gatlin sparkle in Oregon victories

Sat May 30, 2015 9:27pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie cleared an impressive 6.05 meters and Justin Gatlin added the year's fastest 200 to his resume at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

Only Sergei Bubka has vaulted higher outdoors than Lavillenie did, but the Frenchman, whose world record of 6.16m came indoors, said the outdoor ranking mattered little.

"What I did with 6.16 indoors is much better," the Olympic champion said.

He tried three times unsuccessfully at 6.16 but promised the height would come.

"I did it indoor so I can do it outdoor," said Lavillenie. "It is just a question of time."

Gatlin equaled his lifetime best over 200 with his run of 19.68 seconds. The 33-year-old had clocked the year's fastest 100, a lifetime best 9.74 seconds, 15 days earlier in Doha.

"A lot of people think it was a gift and a curse," Gatlin said of a four-year doping ban he served between 2006 and 2010.

"I think it gave me a little more shelf life to come back. But it also gave me a little more push to come back and prove I am a great runner."

Eight other leading performances of the year came on the warm, sunny Saturday afternoon.   Continued...

Winner Renaud Lavillenie celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the men's pole vault final during the European Indoor Championships in Prague March 8, 2015. REUTERS/David W Cerny