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Pole vaulter Sam Kendricks leaves Games after positive Covid test

Reigning two-time pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks will not represent the United States in Tokyo after testing positive for COVID-19.

The father and co-coach of 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Scott Kendricks confirmed the news at local time on Thursday in a post on Instagram.

“Today in Tokyo, authorities informed Sam that his daily test for Cov 19 was positive. He is therefore out of competition. He feels fine and has no symptoms. I love you son. See you soon. #rancho_olympia #polevaulting “

Scott Kendricks’ post was deleted shortly after being shared.

A native of Oxford, Mississippi, Sam Kendricks, 28, is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve and was a candidate for the gold medal.

Matt Ludwig, fourth at the US Trials, is the team’s replacement in this event. It was not immediately clear that he could join them successfully in Tokyo.

Qualifying for the men’s pole vault begins Saturday morning in Japan, or Friday at 8:40 p.m. ET.

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