Steve Lewis struggled and could not make an impact on a quality field assembled at the pole vault-specialized Stabhochsprung Meeting at Jockgrim, Germany, needing all three attempts to overcome his opening height at 5.40m before bowing out at the next height at 5.60m.

Both the top two names in the men’s competition, former world champion Brad Walker (USA) and local favourite Malte Mohr, failed to register a single height so U23 German Karsten Dilla seized the opportunity to line up a surprise victory over a PB of 5.72m on countback from five (!) other vaulters; Greece’s Kostas Fillipidis (SB), American Scott Jeremy (SB), Cuban Lazaro Borges (ePB, eNR), German Raphael Holzdeppe (U23, eSB) and veteran Beijing fourth-placer American Derek Miles (SB).

Becky Holliday (USA) was a convincing winner in the women’s competition over 4.50m.