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).
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.
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.
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.