Rio De Janeiro – Pole vaulter Sam Kendricks took home the bronze medal in pole vault at the 2016 Olympic Games that were held in Rio de Janeiro.
Kendricks cleared the bar with a vault over 5.85 meters on his first try, which was sufficient for him to capture the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in a very competitive match. French pole vaulter and indoor world record holder Renaud Lavillenie took home the silver with 5.98 meters, and Thiago Braz da Silva won the gold for Brazil with 6.03 meters, setting an Olympic record and a South American record.
One of the most moving moments was when Kendricks stopped midway through one of his pole vault attempts in the qualifying round to hear the American national anthem being played in the background. This patriotic gesture was well-received by all.