Isn’t it nice to see a story about an athlete whose heart is filled with pride for his nation, rather than contempt?
US Army reservist Sam Kendricks, 23, from Mississippi, was running pole in hand when he heard the first notes of the Star-Spangled banner.
The second lieutenant was set to perform one of his attempts to qualify that day – but instead stopped dead in his tracks and let go of his pole to respectfully stand still.
Kendricks, a former track star at Ole Miss, remained standing for the entire duration of the song.
When it was over, he clapped and promptly picked up the pole again.
Read more: Daily Mail
Kendricks went on to qualify and won bronze last week with a jump of 19′ 2 1/2″.
Watch the patriotic moment here:
More about Sam Kendrick in his own words: