Sam Kendricks OUT of Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19 as US pole vaulter and father of 2016 bronze medalist confirms his fate
Two-time pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks will not compete in the Olympics after contracting the coronavirus.
The American, 28, was a gold medal favorite for Tokyo but will now have to watch from the sidelines after testing positive.
The news was revealed on Thursday by his father and co-coach, Scott.
Kendricks Snr wrote on Instagram: “Today officials informed Sam in Tokyo that his daily test for Cov 19 was positive, so he is out of competition.
American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks will not participate in Tokyo due to a positive Covid test
“He feels fine and has no symptoms. Love your son. Bye. #rancho_olympia #polevaulting’.
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee confirmed the news and said Kendricks has been placed in isolation at a hotel. He is supported by the USOPC and USA Track and Field.
Kendricks won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics and took gold at the last two world championships. He holds the American record at 6.06 meters.
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