Back in the stadium where he soared to world championships success last summer, USA’s Sam Kendricks was again in winning form in London and this time he helped his team to triumph in the Athletics World Cup.

Dominating the pole vault competition, the 25-year-old had a perfect record up to his winning height of 5.83m and claimed victory ahead of Germany’s Raphael Holzdeppe, who had a best of 5.75m.

France’s Axel Chapelle – fresh from watching his country win the FIFA World Cup in Russia – was third for his nation in his own world cup competition, clearing 5.65m, while GB’s European Championships-bound Charlie Myers couldn’t make it over a PB height of 5.65m on this occasion and finished fourth with 5.50m.

With the win secured, Kendricks went on to attempt a US record of 6.05m but didn’t manage it with his three attempts.

“Jumping in a place like London, for me, is a championship mindset,” said the American. “Last year was the world championships, two years before that it was the Diamond League. I have to be my best when I come to London, it’s just in my bones.

“When I came here I wanted to be ready to jump my best. I gave some great attempts at the American record.”

Source: AW