Athletics: Frenchman Lavillenie breaks Bubka's indoor world record

Renaud Lavillenie of France establishes a pole vault indoor world record as he competes in the Pole Vault Stars meeting in Donetsk, Feb 15, 2014. New pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie could miss the world indoor championships in P
Renaud Lavillenie of France establishes a pole vault indoor world record as he competes in the Pole Vault Stars meeting in Donetsk, Feb 15, 2014. New pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie could miss the world indoor championships in Poland next month after injuring an ankle following his record leap in Donetsk, French media reports said on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DONETSK (Reuters) - Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France established a pole vault indoor world record by clearing 6.16m at a meeting in Donetsk on Saturday.

"World Record ! 6.16 at my first attempt ! That's incredible, I'm still in the air," Lavillenie wrote on his official Twitter feed after the French Athletics Federation had flagged up the new record.

The previous mark of 6.15m was set by Sergei Bubka at the same event in Ukraine in 1993.

Six-time outdoor world champion and 1998 Olympic gold medallist Bubka still holds the outdoor world record of 6.14m.

The 27-year-old Lavillenie has kept improving his best indoor mark in the past weeks and became the second highest man in history two weeks ago with a 6.08m effort.

On Saturday, in full view of Bubka, he went on the brink of a disappointment after two failures at 6.01m, only to eventually succeed and beat the record on his first chance.

Lavillenie, who won the Olympic title at the London Games and his first indoor world title the same year, has an outdoor best of 6.02m.

He has so far failed to win an outdoor world title, collecting one silver and two bronze medals.