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Pole vaulter Kendricks out of Tokyo 2020


Kendricks was expected to challenge for a medal in the pole vault competition in Tokyo
Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 28-year-old won the world title in 2017 and 2019 and bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) said it was “saddened” by the news.

“In alignment with local rules and protocols, he has been transferred to a hotel to be placed in isolation,” the committee said.

“Sam is an incredible and accomplished member of Team USA and his presence will be missed.

“Out of respect for his privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time.”

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