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Sam Kendricks competes in the men's pole vault final at the 2020 U.S. Olympic track & field team trials at Hayward Field on June 21, 2021. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, reigning world champion and Olympic bronze medalist, tested positive for coronavirus and will withdraw from the Games, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said in a statement Thursday.

Driving the news: "In alignment with local rules and protocols, he has been transferred to a hotel to be placed in isolation and is being supported by the USATF and USOPC staff," the U.S. Olympic committee wrote.

  • Kendricks’s father and coach, Scott Kendricks, wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post that Kendricks “feels fine and has no symptoms," The Washington Post reports.
  • Kendricks' close contacts have been notified, according a statement from USA Track & Field.
  • Australian track and field athletes isolated in their rooms as a precaution after a “brief casual contact with a U.S. track and field athlete,” but the quarantine was lifted after about two hours, when athletes received negative COVID-19 test results, per the Post.
  • Kendricks' agent, Paul Doyle, declined to comment on Kendricks' vaccination status, per the Post.

The big picture: Kendricks, who is also a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, set the American pole vault record of 6.06 meters at the U.S. outdoor championships in 2019.

  • The total number of Olympic-related officials who have tested positive has reached 193, including 20 athletes, per NPR.

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Aug 7, 2021 - Sports

India wins first gold medal in track and field

Gold medalist India's Neeraj Chopra celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men's javelin throw event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP via Getty Images

Neeraj Chopra won India's first gold medal in Olympic track and field on Saturday with a javelin throw of 87.58 meters to finish first, AP reports.

The big picture: India's previous track and field medals included two silvers that Norman Pritchard won in the 200 meters and the 200-meter hurdles at the 1900 Paris Games.

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Generic drug companies have asked Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to license their COVID-19 vaccine technology to help increase global production, but so far the vaccine makers have given them the cold shoulder.

Why it matters: Other companies are saying they have extra capacity to make more vaccines. Not using that extra capacity could prolong the pandemic throughout the world.

House passes $768 billion defense spending bill

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The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday.

Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions.