Sam Kendricks tests negative to coronavirus after being ruled out of Games
US pole vaulter Sam Kendricks says he had four negative coronavirus tests, including one after the positive result which briefly isolated members of the Australian team.
Kendricks is absent from the Tokyo Olympics after having tested positive, a harsh reminder of the realities of these Games.
The 28-year-old won gold at the 2017 and 2019 world titles, as well as a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
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Noting that he is “in good health,” Kendricks posted a video on Instagram explaining his dilemma.
“I was ready to participate this Saturday in my second Olympics,” he said.
“Unfortunately, today I was taken out of competition due to a positive coronavirus test, although I passed two (tests) at home and one at the airport on my way to Tokyo.
Kendricks then showed the camera his COVID-19 test he took after being placed in isolation, clearly revealing a negative result.
“The same self-test I did when I got to solitary confinement – 10 days in solitary confinement – it was also negative,” he explained.
“But for the sake of protocol, the Japanese say I went out.
“I have no other recourse but to sit alone and watch the Olympics.”
It comes as Tokyo confirms 3,865 new infections, a single-day high.
Australian athletes have been given the green light, after three casual contacts from Kendricks returned a negative test.
The pole vault starts on Saturday morning.
“I want you to know this, Team USA, you are my team,” Kendricks said.
“I will always support Red, White and Blue.
“My men in the pole vault. You are my friends, go have a good time, enjoy the Olympics.
“Miss me if you want, but I’ll be on the road soon after, to participate in all the other events, and I hope we all have a great and long career.
“On a final note, my friend Matt Ludwig, fourth at the US Olympic Trials, I hope he gets on a plane soon and competes in my place.”
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