Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks made his nation proud when he decided to stand at attention as soon as the national anthem began playing despite that he was mid-attempt during a practice run.
Second Lieutenant Kendricks stopped abruptly while on his run-up and dropped his pole. As soon as the loudspeakers began playing the United States national anthem he stood at attention and began looking for the American flag.
This act of patriotism occurred during a practice qualifying jump.
Kendrick’s bronze medal was the first medal for the United States in pole vault in the last 12 years since Timothy Mack won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. and had a jump of 19 feet 2 ¼ inches.