American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks dating COVID-19
Posted On July 29, 2021
TOKYO – U.S. pole vaulter and reigning world champion Sam Kendricks will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee confirmed in a statement on Thursday.
“In accordance with local rules and protocols, he was transferred to a hotel for isolation and is supported by USATF and USOPC staff,” the organization said. written on social networks. “Sam is an incredible and accomplished member of Team USA and his presence will be missed. Out of respect for his privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time.”
Kendricks father and longtime trainer Scott Kendricks wrote in a deleted Instagram post since his son “is feeling fine and has no symptoms.”
Kendricks, 28, won bronze in the pole vault at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and was set to fight for another medal in Tokyo. He is the reigning world champion in the event, although Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis has since broken the world record and established himself as the favorite.
Widely known as one of Team USA’s most gregarious field athletes, Kendricks has been a fixture on the competitive circuit since his days at Ole Miss, where he won two NCAA Outdoor National Titles in 2013 and 2014. He is also a member of the US Army Reserve.
Kendricks becomes the latest U.S. team athlete to be banned from the Games due to COVID-19. Beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb was taken out of competition after testing positive after arriving in Japan, while Kara Eaker – a replacement for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team – also tested positive for his stay in the country. Several other prominent athletes, including tennis player Coco Gauff, did not make it to Tokyo after testing positive for COVID-19 before departure.
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