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Olympic Pole Vaulter Abuptly Stops in the Middle of His Run to Stand at Attention for the National Anthem

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 1.54.34 PMThe Olympics concluded with a special exhibition of patriotism by a US Army reservist during the pole vault competition.

Sam Kendricks, a second lieutenant in the Army reserves, was competing in the pole vault on Sunday, when he heard the US national anthem being played. So what did he do?

He stopped and stood at attention.

Mid-stride.

The video above, via NBC, shows the Olympian stopping cold as soon as he heard the anthem’s first notes.

The best part? That Star-Spangled Banner yet waved during the pole vault medal ceremony.

With a vault of 19 feet, 2 1/4 inches, Second Lieutenant Kendricks won the Bronze.

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