Bravo! After the national anthem ended, Sam Kendricks picked up his pole and continued to vault. It is unknown if he was penalized for this but he did qualify and went on to win bronze.
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.