Kendricks wins gold at World University Games

KAZAN, Russia – Ole Miss athlete Sam Kendricks captured a gold medal in the men’s pole vault on Thursday at the 27th World University Games to cap off his sophomore season.

An Oxford native, Kendricks out-dueled 10 other elite collegiate vaulters which ended in a final showdown with Japan’s Seito Yamamoto. Kendricks cleared every bar on the first attempt from his opening height of 5.0 meters (16-4.75)
through 5.60 meters (18-4.5) to lead the competition.

Yamamoto was the only other man to clear 18-4.5, doing so on his third and final attempt at that height. Both men missed all three tries at 18-8.25, giving Kendricks the victory.