By Sarah Carroll

Track and field athlete Sam Kendricks won a bronze medal in pole vaulting at the Rio Olympics, but that’s not why his story is making headlines this morning.

The U.S. Army Reservist stopped mid-vault during a qualifying round when he heard the national anthem playing in the stadium. It’s an act of patriotism you don’t see too often from Americans competing in the Summer Games.

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

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

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