New heights for Reuillard
Journalists: Laura Meachim & Carly Laden
Frenchman Eric Reuillard has comfortably taken gold in the m35 Pole Vault turning the competition into a personal effort to reach new heights.
In windy conditions special measures were made to keep the bar in place but the 36-year-old continued to fly with confidence until he failed to clear 485 cm to the dismay of the crowd.
Reuillard had only praise for his competition each supporting the other in a show of true comradery.
“In pole vault our first enemy is the pole not our other athletes so it was a good competition to coach each other,” he said.
Italy’s Allesandro Cambon failed to clear 440 cm but took the silver while Australian Cameron Sherry took the bronze clearing 360 cm.
Cambon congratulated Reuillard but was disappointed in his own performance.
“I definitely could have jumped a little higher but I’m happy with the silver,” he said.
“The French dude was too good today.”
Veteran Pole Vaulter and ex A-league goal keeper Matt Ujma was unable to lift and pulled out with a hamstring injury.
“It was only the last six months that I decided to compete,” Ujma said.
Ujma was impressed with the form of his rivals and said the competition was tough this year.
“The others were all in good shape and if you like they raised the bar.”