Renaud Lavillenie of France won the pole vault gold medal with an Olympic record on Friday night.

Lavillenie, the world indoor champion, has been the dominant pole vaulter in 2012 and set a games mark of 5.97 metres during the final.

Bjoern Otto earned silver on a countback from fellow German Raphael Holzdeppe after both cleared 5.91m. Holzdeppe had more missed attempts than Otto during the final.

Lavillenie raised the bar to continue jumping after securing the gold medal.

More In: Athletics | Sport