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Review: Sam Kendricks finishes 3rd in Lausanne in the men’s pole vault (Includes first-hand account)

Kendricks came in third place, after clearing 5.77 meters on his first try. Unfortunately, the 2018 world indoor silver medalist was unsuccessful at three subsequent attempts at 5.84 meters. Australian pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall also tied Kendricks in third place.

Speaking of Kendricks, the American athlete still holds the meeting record in Lausanne with 5.93 meters, which he secured at this competition in July of 2017.

Sam Kendricks
Sam Kendricks
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Polish pole vaulter Pawel Wojciechowski came in second place, with a season best of 5.84 meters, which he cleared on his third and final attempt. Wojciechowski attempted one height at 5.91 meters, and he gave two attempts at 5.97 meters (which would have been a new world leading mark), with no further success.

Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie (who holds the world record in pole vault) came in first with a clearance of 5.91 meters, which he secured on his second try. After passing on 5.97 meters, Lavillenie raised the bar to six meters, but was unable to clear it in any of his three attempts.

In this meeting, teenage pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis and Polish pole vaulter Piortr Lisek tied for fifth place with 5.70 meters. Canadian Shawn Barber (and 2015 World Champion) finished in seventh place with 5.60 meters.

Read More: Digital Journal reviewed the men’s pole vault competition at the IAAF Diamond League in Paris, where Sam Kendricks won first place, and he simultaneously set a world leading mark (5.96 meters).

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