Listen

News 88.9 KNPR
Classical 89.7 KCNV

member station

NPR
Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics

Coronavirus Knocks U.S. Pole Vaulter Sam Kendricks Out Of Tokyo Olympics

1022066434_1710043309.jpg

Sam Kendricks competes in the Men's Pole Vault Final at last month's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Andy Lyons, Getty Images

Sam Kendricks competes in the Men's Pole Vault Final at last month's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Eugene, Ore.

TOKYO — American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks is out of the Tokyo Summer Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus. Kendricks, a world champion, was considered a medal contender.

According to a statement from U.S. Olympic officials, Sam Kendricks is ineligible to compete in the Tokyo Games following his positive test. He's been transferred to a hotel and put in isolation. Kendricks' dad, who's also his coach, said on social media his son feels fine and has no symptoms.

Kendricks won the last two World Championships in pole vault and a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016.

Journalists will miss his presence at the Games as Kendricks, who's also in the U.S. Army Reserve, is a gregarious athlete with a quick wit. According to the latest COVID numbers from the Olympics, at least three more athletes have tested positive, bringing the total number to 20 since July 1st.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Support comes from

You won’t find a paywall here. Come as often as you like — we’re not counting. You’ve found a like-minded tribe that cherishes what a free press stands for.  If you can spend another couple of minutes making a pledge of as little as $5, you’ll feel like a superhero defending democracy for less than the cost of a month of Netflix.

More Stories