Kendricks earns USATF Athlete of the Week after third Diamond League win in 2017

Kendricks earns USATF Athlete of the Week after third Diamond League win in 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS – 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks (Oxford, Mississippi) took home his third Diamond League title of the year in Paris on Saturday, earning him USATF Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career.

Kendricks, a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, arrived in Paris with great momentum coming off his personal best in the just one week prior at USATF Outdoor Championships, where he cleared the 6-meter benchmark for the first time. Kendricks captured the Paris Diamond League victory with a vault of 5.82m/19-1 in his last attempt, beating French rival and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie on his home turf.

“My main goal is to jump 5.80m at every competition this year, I do not want to go under this mark,” Kendricks said following his Diamond League victory. “But the most important thing tonight was the consistency and the clear jumping until 5.72m. The harder things are, the easier it is for me. It is always hard to jump with the wind in your face and we can be glad there were no injuries tonight. The competition was very long, but it was good before London. We need to be ready for everything.”

Kendricks now leads Lavillenie in the Diamond League standings by just three points (24-21), and the victory marks the sixth Diamond League victory of his career. Kendricks is set to compete at the Diamond League in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday, July 6 before the IAAF World Championships in London this August.

Other notable performances:

Women’s 17-18 long jump winner Breana Gambrell (Sayre, Pennsylvania) impressively snatched the lead away from Imani Carothers on her final attempt at USATF Youth Outdoor Championships. Gambrell, who finished seventh at USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, took top honors with a jump of 5.79m/19-0.

Sara Hall (Santa Rosa, California) won the women’s Asics Australia Half Marathon with a time of 1:10.32. Hall had a 43-second lead before the next female finished.

Katalin Nagy (Sarasota, Florida) was the top Team USATF finisher at the 2017 IAU 24 Hour World Championships on Sunday, where the USATF women’s team captured gold. Nagy finished third, completing 248.970 km while teammates Gina Slaby and Pam Smith followed close behind, finishing fourth and fifth.

Two-time Olympic champion Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Georgia) captured a Diamond League victory in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 17.29m/56-8.75, as compatriot and three-time Olympic medalist Will Claye finished just behind Taylor.

Drew Windle (New Albany, Ohio) ran to victory in the 800m at the TrackTown Summer Series stop in Portland, coming through the line in at 1:46.21. Windle just made his first national team last weekend at USATF Outdoor Championships.

Now in its 16th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay; May 3, Clayton Murphy; May 10, Gwen Berry; May 17, Christian Coleman; May 24, Joe Kovacs; May 31, Christian Taylor; June 7, Sydney McLaughlin; June 14, Christian Coleman; Tianna Bartoletta, June 21; Ryan Crouser, June 28; Sam Kendricks, July 6.

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