TOKYO — One of the United States’ best hopes for track and field gold was forced out of the Olympics on Thursday as Covid-19 spread chaos through the athletes’ ranks just as events were about to get underway.
Word that Sam Kendricks, the two-time reigning world pole vault champion, had tested positive briefly sent the Australian team into isolation — an unwelcome reminder of the virus’ threat and the upheaval it can bring that continues to loom over the Games’ sporting drama on the eve of track and field starting.
Approximately 2,000 athletes are listed in the track lineup as the largest sport on the sprawling Olympic program begins fully Friday.
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It also came as Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials reported a record 3,865 new confirmed Covid-19 cases, shattering the previous records of 3,177 set on Wednesday and 2,848 on…