Kendricks Jumps to No. 1 with Consecutive Diamond League Wins
Team ESSX pole vaulter Sam Kendricks (Recoil Advanced) captured his seventh career IAAF Diamond League win last week in Lausanne, Switzerland, setting a meet record of 5.93 meters. The weekend prior, Kendricks won the Paris meeting, besting the current world-record holder on his home ground, with a make of 5.82 meters. The back-to-back victories put Kendricks atop the Men’s Pole Vault rankings.
Kendricks and his coach say they have devised a meticulous game plan this season that, so far, has been executed with laser-like precision. The weekend in Paris was another solid example where Kendricks’ plan showcased unparalleled consistency by ticking off first-time clearances at 5.37 meters, 5.52 meters, 5.62 meters and 5.72 meters. Then, assuring victory by making 5.77 meters on the third attempt, and finishing the meet with the 5.82-meter clearance despite some tough conditions created by strong winds.
At the Lausanne meeting, Kendricks won a heated contest that included himself and three former world champions, which again included the current world-record holder. He made 5.93 meters on his second attempt, good enough to secure a first-place finish.
The power and consistency of UST-ESSX Advanced Recoil poles have been a winning combination for Kendricks, who proudly put the distinguishing “yellow” pole on display while engaging with spectators after the competition in Paris. Kendricks recent wins have been accomplished on 4.90 meter poles. Using high performance carbon fiber, UST-ESSX Advanced Recoil poles are engineered to produce consistent bend profiles throughout a set, making the pole an ally to vaulters such as Kendricks.
Kendricks and vaulters around the world trust UST-ESSX’s Advanced Recoil carbon fiber poles, which utilizes UST Mamiya’s Recoil technology. This new innovative technology provides more responsive performance than traditional fiberglass-based poles. Carbon fiber poles with Recoil technology offer vaulters lighter carry weights for faster runway speeds, smaller diameters for a more confident grip and unmatched power efficiency as the pole unbends.