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Olympic gold medalist pole vaults in Michelin Man costume (video)

Athletics - Olympics: Day 10

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Renaud Lavillenie of France reacts in the Men’s Pole Vault Final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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Renaud Lavillenie owns the pole vault world record of 6.16 meters, or 20 feet, 2.5 inches. He may also now hold the world record for pole vaulting while dressed as the Michelin Man.

The 2012 Olympic champion from France cleared 3.10 meters, or 10 feet, 2 inches, according to a video tweeted from his account Monday (with a belly more than one foot wide complicating matters).

Michelin confirmed that it was Lavillenie in the costume.

Lavillenie is sponsored by Michelin. He took silver at the 2016 Olympics (behind surprise Brazilian Thiago Braz) and bronze at the 2017 World Championships (won by American Sam Kendricks).

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