British record for pole vaulter Lewis

22 July 2012 / 15:42

Steve Lewis will join his team-mates in their pre-Olympic training camp on a real high after breaking the 14-year-old British pole vault record.

Lewis cleared 5.82 metres on Saturday night at a star-studded meeting in Poland, surpassing the previous mark of 5.80m set by Nick Buckfield in 1998.

"I have been ready to jump high for the last couple of weeks and finding a competition with good conditions has been tough," Lewis said. "Last night was not great winds but dry, so I took the opportunity to test my London pole selection; turns out it's pretty good!"

He added: "Jumping 5.82m has been a goal of mine for four years. To achieve it in my last competition before the Olympic Games is amazing. I am excited to join all my team-mates now in Portugal and start preparing for the Games.

"It's going to be a big three weeks physically, mentally and emotionally. I can't wait."

Lewis cleared 5.82m at the second attempt, despite clipping the bar, to leave current world champion Pawel Wojciechowski (8th), Olympic champion Steve Hooker (3rd) and 2007 world champion Brad Walker (2nd) trailing in his wake.

Only four men have gone higher than Lewis in 2012, with one of them - European champion Renaud Lavillenie - failing to record a height on Saturday.