Canadian Pole Vault Record Holder Shawn Barber Dies at 29: Athletics World Mourns the Loss

Kingwood, Texas – Canadian pole vault record holder and 2015 world champion, Shawn Barber, passed away at the age of 29 due to medical complications. Barber’s agent, Paul Doyle, confirmed his death on Wednesday at his home in Kingwood, Texas. The exact cause of death has not yet been revealed, although Barber had been dealing with health issues.

Doyle praised Barber not only as an exceptional athlete but also as a kind-hearted person who always prioritized others. The loss of such a good person at such a young age is truly tragic. Since the news broke, condolences and fond memories have poured in from people around the world, highlighting the impact Barber had on others.

Barber gained recognition for his pole vaulting skills during his time at the University of Akron, where he achieved back-to-back NCAA indoor championships in 2014 and 2015. He also won the NCAA outdoor crown in 2015 and clinched gold at the Pan-Am Games later that same summer. Barber’s momentum carried into the world championships in Beijing, where he secured the gold medal, triumphing over Germany’s Raphael Marcel Holzdeppe.

In 2016, Barber reached the final in the pole vault event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which was ultimately won by Thiago Braz of Brazil. Throughout his career, Barber’s best vault measured an impressive six meters (19 feet, 8 ΒΌ inches) in Reno, Nevada, on January 15, 2016, setting the Canadian record in the process.

Barber is survived by his mother, Ann; father, George; and brother, David.

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