U.S. Army reservist stops pole vault mid-attempt when he hears national anthem

RIO DE JANEIRO – Track and field athlete Sam Kendricks, who is representing the US in Rio, stopped his pole vault run mid-attempt when he heard the national anthem earlier this week.

Watch the video above to see the 2nd Lieutenant stop immediately until the anthem is finished.

“Those guys are really proud of me and have given me every chance to continue as a civilian,” Kendricks told USA Today. “I am certainly looking to represent the Americans on two fronts, as a military man and as a U.S. athlete.

“I’m just trying to put my best foot forward for all those soldiers who are watching.”