Thursday, May 23, 2024

Shawn Barber: Former world pole vault champion dies aged 29

Canada’s former world pole vault champion Shawn Barber has died on the age of 29 from medical problems.

His agent Paul Doyle instructed the Reuters information company that Barber handed away at house in Texas.

Barber took gold on the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, received the Pan American Video games the identical 12 months and completed tenth within the Rio 2016 Olympics.

His finest soar of 6.00 metres was set in January 2016 and stays a Canadian file.

“Extra than simply an unimaginable athlete, Shawn was such a good-hearted individual that all the time put others forward of himself,” Doyle stated on Thursday.

“It is tragic to lose such a very good individual at such a younger age.”

Barber, who held twin Canadian-American citizenship, upset a discipline together with reigning champion Raphael Holzdeppe of Germany and France’s then world file holder Renaud Lavillenie to win gold in China.

“Our ideas and prayers to the household and mates of Shawn Barber, Canadian pole vaulter — 2015 world champion, Rio 2016 Olympian and Canadian file holder,” Athletics Canada posted on X, previously referred to as Twitter.

Polish pole vaulter Piotr Lisek, who received silver on the 2017 World Championships in London, added: “Among the finest pole vaulters on the earth, Shawn Barber, handed away immediately.

“We had the chance to host him on Polish soil many occasions, and he confirmed his coronary heart many occasions with unimaginable cheerfulness.”

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