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BY LARRY EDER
 
Today, we are writing about World Champion Sam Kendricks, who is focused on the World indoor Championships in Birmingham!
 
Sam Kendricks was undefeated in the pole vault in 2017. He ended the season with the gold medal in the pole vault from the London World Athletics Championships with his 5.95 meters, 19' 6.25 "
 
Kendricks is a student of the vault, having vaulted 25 years under the thoughtful direction of his father. He is also one of the most liked athletes in the sport. An interview with Sam Kendricks is a very positive experience. The first LIeutenant, U.S. Army reserve is polite, answers questions and is always positive. He gets competition, and thrives on it as well.
 
Watching Sam's development has been fascinating. Kendricks won his first US title in 2014, after winning NCAA pole vault titles in 2013 and 2014 for the University of Mississipi. This was after two state titles in high school in Mississipi. The Oxford, Mississippi High School graduate lettered in cross country, track and field and soccer.
Published in Track & Field
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS - Amos wins the 500 m - NEWCASTLE/GATESHEAD (GBR, Sep 9): Many athletes enjoyed to end their season at the Great North CityGames street event on Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside. Nijel Amos had a big win in the 500m, which was held on a straight - partly on road and partly on track. He clocked 59.26 (for comparison, David Rudisha ran here 57.69 last year) despite celebrating before the line. Guy Learmonth was second in 60.73, Dwayne Cowan leading the 400m runners in third with 61.01. Specialist at 400 m hurdles Perri Shakes-Drayton showed strength to come through late in the women’s event in 66.69, with Anyika Onuoru (66.70) second. Lynsey Sharp was fourth in 67.48 after going out hard. Melissa Courtney (4:33.83) had a surprise win in the mile over Winny Chebet (4:34.42). Lorraine Ugen won the long jump with 6.46m as both Ksenija Balta and Jasmin Sawyers matched that distance. Finland´s Urho Kujanpaa added 4cm to his outdoor best with his 5.45m pole vault victory. Australian Jordan Williamsz won the mile with 4:05.88 from Elliot Giles (second in 4:06.17). In the sprints, Desiree Henry won the 100m 11.61 (-1.4) and Dina Asher-Smith the 150m in 16.71 (-0.1, third on UK all-time list). Czech Petr Svoboda took the 110m hurdles in 13.62 (-0.1) from Jarrett Eaton (13.69). Ameer Webb took the 150m in 15.24 (0.0) as Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake was second in 15.26.
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By Dave Hunter (Aug. 8, 2017; London)
The current confederation of the world's elite men pole vaulters is a highly-competitive, yet strangely collegial group. The legion is an assemblage of ambitious, focused, and talented athletes to be sure. But almost to a man, the top performers also possess an authentic and refreshing team spirit: occasionally engaging in friendly banter and encouraging each other onward to clear higher and higher heights. And on a raw and blustery London night, USA's Sam Kendricks - the fraternity's head cheerleader - strung together a magnificent series of jumps to win the world championship.
 
The weather played a role in the nighttime final. The vaulters could be seen bundling up between jumps to fend off the damp chill. Stocking caps and winter coats were easily spotted within yet another capacity crowd at Olympic Stadium as London's August weather took on a distinctly San Francisco flair.
Published in Track & Field