By James K. Attaglo Wilson

French pole vaulter and gold medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games – Renaud Lavillenie will undergo surgery following an accident on his thumb in his back garden.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist fractured his thumb and will miss six weeks training.

“Following a broken pole in the garden this weekend, I had tests that revealed a broken thumb requiring surgery that will take place tomorrow,” Lavillenie enjoyed happier experience on his own patch when he tied with current world record holder Armand Duplantis in the “Ultimate Garden Clash” wrote on his Instagram.

“Six weeks out, I’ll be back in action at the end of August,” he added.

Outside pole vaulting, Lavillenie is a keen motorcyclist, and raced in the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours for motorcycles finishing 25th.