Lavillenie cleared 5.90m to Kendricks' and Lisek's 5.85m. It was a deep competition as seven athletes (including HSer Armand Duplantis who was 7th) attempted 5.90m.
Top non-distance action includes Dafne Schippers vs Elaine Thompson and Shaunae Miller-Uibo over 200m and Sam Kendricks trying to stop Renaud Lavillenie from winning his 8th DL trophy in the PV.
Kendricks cleared 5.95m to beat out Poland's Piotr Lisek (5.89m) and Renaud Lavillenie (5.89m). Lavillenie lost on countback, but gets props for going for the win rather than the silver as he raised his last jump to 6.01m to go for gold.
*Reuters: Kendricks Wins Pole Vault, Lavillenie Frustrated Again
*MileSplit: HSer Armand Duplantis Finishes 9th While Representing Sweden
*Defending Champ Shawn Barber Crashes Out Of Pole Vault Final As Canada's Medal Hopes Dwindle After a year of injuries and illness, Barber could only manage 8th. Canada won 6 medals in Rio and 8 at 2015 Worlds, but might leave London with none.
Renaud Lavillenie, who set his outdoor PB in Eugene, will be looking for a record 5th straight win in Eugene.
Renaud Lavillenie (pole vault), Dafne Schippers (200m), Keni Harrison (100m hurdles), Ivana Spanovic (long jump) and Sandra Perkovic (discus) already have their events won, but the women's 1500, 800 and men's 5000 have come down to a final showdown.
*Zurich Provisional Entry Lists
As they did during the competition when he was making his final attempt, the fans booed Lavillenie and cheered on Brazil gold medal winner Thiago da Silva.
*Thomas Bach Hits Out At Rio Fans Many others were critical as well including Michael Johnson who said, "This crowd should be ashamed. This is now what competition is about."
*An Emotional Lavillenie Was Consoled By Da Silva And All-Time PV Great Sergey Bubka After The Medal Ceremony
*Lavillenie Likened Hostile Crowd To Jessee Owens And The 1936 Olympics In Berlin Lavillenie later apologized for the "bad comparison" saying it was a "hot reaction".
*2nd article with quotes from da Silva who apparently tried to quiet the crowd
*MB: The Brazilian Public Showed A Complete Lack of Class Toward Renaud Lavillenie
*MB: Should Brazilian pole vaulter have signaled the classless crowd to stop booing?
Lavillenie says he started pole vaulting at seven years-old as his dad has been a pole vaulter.
Vicaut also double backed and took the 200 in 20.62 as Christophe Lemaitre sat out with injury. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad won a tactical steeplechase in 8:29.
World leader Sam Kendricks will also be in the field.
Javier Culson got his first win of the year in the 400H.
*Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic Gets Convincing Long Jump Victory Over US's Tianna Bartoletta And Brittney Reese Renaud Lavillenie beat Shawn Barber in the PV, Christian Taylor sailed to a 17.59m TJ win, Ruth Beitia took the HJ, Sandra Perkovic stayed perfect in the discus and Egypt’s Ihab Abdelrahman got a surprise win over Thomas Rohler in the javelin.
*BBC: Diana Asher-Smith Cruises To 200m Win In 22.72/
*IAAF: Ibrahim Jelian And Ruth Jebet Show Olympic Medal Potential As Ferguson Rotich Shocks David Rudisha
Renaud Lavillenie beat USA's Shawn Barber on count back in the PV. Chaunte Lowe took the HJ in 1.95m as Vashti Cunningham finished 5th.
Some top matchups include Kirani James vs LaShawn Merritt (400), Omar McLeod vs David Oliver, Aries Merritt (110H), Christian Taylor vs Teddy Tamgho (TJ), Renaud Lavillenie vs Sam Kendricks (PV) and an extremely deep 100H with Brianna Rollins, Sharika Nelvis, Jasmine Stowers, Kendra Harrison and Dawn Harper Nelson.
This is actually the only DL meet he's never won as 2-years ago his 22-meet winning streak came to an end here.
Lavillenie, who lives a few hours from the stadium, has won this meet in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Switzerland's Euro Indoor champ Selina Buchel will race in the 800.