Greek pole vault champion Konstadinos Filippidis won the event at the World Indoor Athletics Championships at Sopot, Germany on March 8, taking advantage of the absence of injured 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Renaud Lavillenie from France, sidelined with a bad foot.
Lavillenie had also set the world record of 6.16 meters last month and without having to face him Filippidis won the world title with a far-lesser vault of 5.8 meters.
Germany’s Malte Mohr took silver and Jan Kudlicka of the Czech Republic bronze, both on countback after they too managed 5.8 meters but had more misses than Filippidis, who won the World Challenge last year in Berlin as well.
He has had a comeback couple of years after a disappointing seventh place finish at the Olympics. He didn’t perform between 2007-09 after being found guilty of doping with etilephrine, a cardiac stimulant.
The 27-year-old has never before won a global medal at the junior or senior level, but that hasn’t been due to lack of trying.
He was fourth at both the 2003 World Youth and 2004 World Junior Championships and has competed at three World Championships and three World Indoor Championships with his best placing, fourth, coming at the 2010 World Indoors.