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article imageSam Kendricks reflects on Prefontaine Classic, wins pole vault Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 30, 2017 in Sports
Eugene - 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks chatted with me about competing in the 2017 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.
Kendricks won the pole vault competition with a successful vault over 5.86 meters on his first attempt.
He bested stiff competition from Renaud Lavillenie (2016 Olympic silver medalist in Rio de Janeiro) who came in second, 2017 European indoor champion Piotr Lisek (who came in third), and Armand "Mondo" Duplantis, who finished in fourth place.
Sam Kendricks
Sam Kendricks
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The Prefontaine Classic is an annual competition that is a part of the IAAF Diamond League, which is in memory of Steve Prefontaine; moreover, it is a meeting that is historically significant in American track and field. "The Pre-Classic meet sets a tone for what all American athletes who have big goals should strive for," Kendricks said. "The meeting's namesake knew what it meant to put everything on the line so it is cool to say I did the same," he added.
To learn more about American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, follow him on Twitter.
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