U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks was right in the middle of his competition, flying down the runway… until something more important than a medal stopped him in mid-stride.
When Kendricks heard the U.S. national anthem playing during his run, he immediately stopped, laid down his pole, and stood at attention until the song was finished.
Kendricks, 23, is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve – one of 18 U.S. athletes in Rio who are also in the military.
MSN reported that Kendricks finished with a bronze medal thanks to a vault of 19 feet, 2 1/4 inches.
“The Mississippi native became the first American to take home a medal in that event since Timothy Mack won gold in Athens in 2004. A two-time NCAA champion, he also is the first athlete from the University of Mississippi to win an Olympic medal.
Kendricks comes from a military family, as his father, Scott, served 10 years in the U.S. marines and is now his son’s coach in the pole vault.”
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 21, 2016
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