On August 21, 2016, U.S. Army Reserve 2nd Lieutenant Sam Kendricks had already started running in his attempt during the qualifying rounds of the men’s pole-vault at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when he heard the opening strains of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Kendricks slowed to a stop, dropped his pole, and snapped to attention despite the anthem being played for an entirely different event.

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