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Review: Sam Kendricks wins 2019 IAAF Diamond League competition in Zurich (Includes first-hand account)

Kendricks won the men’s pole vault competition with 5.93 meters, which he cleared on his first and final attempt, and retired thereafter, opting not to raise the bar any higher. Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis came in second place with 5.83 meters, and Polish pole vaulter Piotr Lisek finished in third place with 5.83 meters on countback.

Fellow American pole vaulter Cole Walsh also tied for third place with a personal best of 5.83 meters, while world record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France, finished in a three-way tie for fifth place, along with Paweł Wojciechowski and Christopher Nilsen, all of which cleared 5.93 meters.

2016 Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz of Brazil finished in eighth place with 5.58 meters.

Kendricks expressed that he could only be “thankful.” “I am exhilarated and exhausted. There are great competitors. It was a special moment,” Kendricks said, prior to adding that he loves this “challenge” and he loves the “competition.” “All those guys have the same dream,” he added.

Last weekend, as Digital Journal reported, Kendricks won the IAAF Diamond League event in Paris.

One month ago, on July 27, at the 2019 Outdoor USA Track and Field Championships, Kendricks broke the American record in the men’s pole vault with 6.06 meters.

Markos Papadatos
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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 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), 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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