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Review: Sam Kendricks jumps 6.02 meters in Lausanne, claims 2nd place (Includes first-hand account)

An American pole vault and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, Kendricks cleared 6.02 meters at the Wanda Diamond League event in Lausanne, Switzerland, which was a new season best for him (and the second highest vault in his athletic career).

Sam Kendricks competing in Lausanne 2020

Sam Kendricks competing in Lausanne 2020
Joerg Oegerli

Kendricks was able to clear the bar at 6.02 meters on his first attempt; moreover, he gave three attempts at 6.07 meters for a new American record with no further success.

Sam Kendricks competing in Lausanne

Sam Kendricks competing in Lausanne
Joerg Oegerli

He finished in second place right behind wold record holder Mondo Duplantis, who won with a clearance of 6.07 meters, which was a personal outdoor best for the Swedish pole vaulter. Duplantis also tried 6.15 meters for a new outdoor world record with no success, prior to retiring from the event with a victory.

Sam Kendricks competing in Lausanne 2020

Sam Kendricks competing in Lausanne 2020
Joerg Oegerli

This marked the first time that two men have cleared 6.02 meters in the same competition, which is a remarkable feat.

Olympic gold medalist and Brazilian pole vaulter Thiago Braz came in third place with a season best of 5.72 meters.

Earlier this year, as Digital Journal reported, Kendricks broke the American indoor record with 6.01 meters.

Read More: Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos chatted with Sam Kendricks back in February of 2020.

Sam Kendricks competing in Lausanne 2020

Sam Kendricks competing in Lausanne 2020
Joerg Oegerli

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 17,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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