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Fourth-Place Medal

French pole vaulter loses his mind after judge’s verdict on his jump

Jay Busbee
Fourth-Place Medal

You know what's worse than achieving your life's goal? Thinking you've achieved your life's goal and then getting it yanked away from you. Above, you can see Renaud Lavillenie of France, a gold medalist who thought he'd just achieved the second-highest pole vault in history at the European Indoor Championships.

Not so fast, Renaud. He tipped the bar off its pegs, and in an amazing sequence of events, the bar ended up perched on a ledge rather than falling to the mat. A judge raised the red flag, signaling a foul, and that was that ... well, except for Lavillenie's world-class tantrum.

Renaud remains one of the few men to clear the six-meter mark (for perspective, that's about like vaulting onto the roof of a two-story building), but still falls short of pole vaulting legend Sergei Bubka's 6.09 meters.

Oh, and Lavillenie still won gold. For what that's worth.

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