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Review: Sam Kendricks wins IAAF Diamond League Paris, new world leader (Includes first-hand account)

Kendricks bested some stuff competition from fellow pole vaulters Mondo Duplantis (5.90 meters) and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie (5.84 meters), leaving them in second and third place respectively. Kendricks was able to clear 5.96 meters on his second attempt, where he improved this year’s world leading mark, surpassing Lavillenie’s previous world leading height (5.95 meters).

Polish pole vaulter Piotr Lisek came in fourth place, and Canadian Shawn Barber finished fifth, with 5.84 meters respectively.

A reigning world outdoor pole vault champion, Kendricks passed on 6.01 meters, but subsequently raised the bar to 6.05 meters, which he attempted three times with no success.

One week ago, as Digital Journal reported, Kendricks won the gold medal at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, which were held in Des Moines, Iowa. He also won first place in the IAAF Diamond League in Rome, as well as the 2018 Prefontaine (Pre) Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

This past March, Kendricks won the silver medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, right behind French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie.

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