Sam Kendricks

Sam Kendricks

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Reigning Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks of Oxford, Miss. won the gold medal on Tuesday at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federation World Championship in London, Great Britain. It is the United States' third gold medal at the World Championships, following Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie who each placed first in the men's and women's 100m respectively. 

In the men's pole vault, Kendricks had a winning vault of 5.95 metres. Piotr Lisek of Poland won the silver medal with a vault of 5.89 metres. Renaud Lavillenie of France won the bronze medal with also a vault of 5.89 metres. Lisek however got by Lavillenie for the bronze medal because he had a first time success at 5.89, while Lavillenie needed two tries to vault 5.89 metres. 

Lisek beat Lavillenie for silver even though Lisek needed his third attempt to vault 5.65 metres. Lisek and Lavillenie also missed their first attempts at 5.82 metres, but had the bar raised to 5.89 metres when Kendricks and Xue Changrui of China each cleared their first attempt at 5.82 metres.

The gold medal will give Kendricks confidence as he prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. One thing is for sure and that is he has the entire US Army pulling for him as he is a second lieutenant in the US Army Reserve.