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Australian Olympic Track and Field squad released from isolation

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The 63-person Australian Track and Field team in Tokyo have emerged from a precautionary isolation after a pole-vaulter in the US team tested positive to COVID-19.

The US athlete who tested positive is pole-vaulter Sam Kendricks.

Argentinian pole-vaulter Germán Chiaraviglio has also since tested positive.

The Australian Olympic Committee has confirmed our athletes, three of whom underwent PCR tests, have been cleared to return to their normal routines after two hours in their rooms.

The three close contacts were all vaccinated, and self-reported their contact with Kendricks.

Australian Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman told Jim Wilson the team were well-prepared for such a situation.

“We were fast to react: we had a plan to react to something like this happening.

“We were fairly confident that we didn’t have a major problem, but we still took the top precautions to make sure of that.”

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