The Latest: Army reservist Sam Kendricks wins pole vault

Sam Kendricks reacts after winning the men’s pole vault event at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. AP Photo

The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):

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10:45 p.m.

Perhaps it was only fitting that Army reservist Sam Kendricks won the pole vault on the Fourth of July.

The second lieutenant proudly waved his red, white and blue flag after setting a U.S. Track and Field Trials record by clearing 19 feet, 4 3/4 inches (5.91 meters) to make the Olympic team.

It was a big day for the Armed Forces all around, with U.S. Air Force pole vaulter Cale Simmons taking second on the holiday. Logan Cunningham was third.

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9:40 p.m.

Turns out, 11th place wasn’t so bad for javelin thrower Sean Furey.

The 11th-place finisher at U.S. Track and Field Trials will be heading to Rio, because he was one of only three throwers in the final who had the Olympic standard.

Fourth-place finisher Sam Crouser is also going, as is the winner, Cyrus Hostetler, whose throw of 273 feet, 1 inch, was good for the title.

Normally, the top three finishers in an event would qualify. But since second-place Curtis Thompson and third-place Riley Dolezal hadn’t thrown the Olympic standard of 272 feet 3 inches this year, they are not eligible to go.

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