Canadian world champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber dies at 29

Shawn Barber

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# 19 January 2024 17:06 (UTC +04:00)

Canadian world champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber has died at the age of 29, APA reports citing CNN.

Barber set the Canadian record for the men’s pole vault in January 2016. He earned a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and also won the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, later that year.

Barber passed away at his home in Kingwood, Texas, on Wednesday from medical complications, according to a statement from the University of Akron’s athletics department.

As a college student, Barber was a member of the University of Akron’s track and field team, where he was a three-time NCAA championship winner.

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