Ben Broeders fourth in the pole vault, best world year performance for phenomenon Mondo Duplantis in Oslo

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Ben Broeders won the pole vault on Saturday during the Diamond League athletics meeting in Paris. He was 5m80, two centimeters short of his one-week-old national record.

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Broeders, who has already qualified for both the World Championships in Eugene in July and the European Championships in Munich in August, owed his hyper-prestigious victory to exceeding 5m80 in the first attempt. Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie also cleared that height, but he needed more tries and finished second.

Only three Belgians preceded Broeders as the winner of a round in the Diamond League: Kevin Borlée, Philip Milanov and Nafi Thiam. Broeders is now second in the Diamond League standings, behind world record parent Mondo Duplantis. It was missing in Paris.

Not a good turn for Borlée and Kimeli

Kevin Borlée finished seventh on Saturday in the 400 meters at the Diamond League athletics meeting in Paris. He had to settle for 46.64. Isaac Kimeli was also not convincing with a twelfth place in the 5000 meters in 13:35.74.

Kimeli, who is qualified for both the World Championships in Eugene in July and the European Championships in Munich in August, remained well above his two-week-old personal best of 13:04.72 in the Paris heat. The win was in 12:56.19 for the Ethiopian Selemon Barega.

Borlée did not come close to his season best of 45.12. He has been placed for the European Championship, 44.90 is needed for the World Cup. His personal best is 44.56. The victory went to the Olympic champion Steven Gardiner from the Bahamas in 44.21.

“I hurt my back yesterday during training,” said Borlée afterwards. “I thought it would be okay, but that turned out not to be the case. My start was still okay, but after that I couldn’t move the way I wanted. I don’t think it’s a serious injury. But I think it’s a shame, because this was a great opportunity in a big meeting.”

Borlée is not explicitly chasing the World Cup limit. In the 4×400 meters he will be there anyway in Eugene. “I try not to dwell on that. I don’t even know if I’m still in action for the World Cup. Next weekend’s BC is not on my schedule,” he concluded.

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