Sam Kendricks Breezes Into Rio Pole Vault Finals
Sam Kendricks (photo by Cheryl Treworgy)
Aug. 13, 2016 | NBC Olympics | IAAF Live Results

RIO DE JANEIRO – Sam Kendricks is a down-to-earth young Mississippian, a recent graduate of Ole Miss who still lives in his hometown of Oxford.

He’s also one of the world’s best pole vaulters, which he proved again during the Olympic qualifying round on Saturday night. 

Kendricks was the only man out of 29 vaulters at the Olympics who put together a perfect series in the qualifying round, as he had first-attempt clearances at every height up to the final bar of 5.70 meters (18-8.25). This despite being the first athlete to jump after a 35-minute delay to the start of the competition due to venue maintenance.

He will jump in the 12-man final on Monday at 6:35 p.m. CT. Qualifying marks do not count.

The Olympic debut could not have gone any better for the former two-time NCAA champion at Ole Miss, who has won five U.S. championships in the pole vault since going pro after his junior year of college. To make his first Olympic team, he set a U.S. Olympic Trials record with his winning vault of 5.91m/19-4.75 in Eugene, Oregon.

Other former Rebels who will compete in Rio throughout next week are Brittney Reese (USA, defending long jump champion), Ricky Robertson (USA, high jump) and Antwon Hicks (Nigeria, 110-meter hurdles).

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