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Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber, a world champion, has passed away at the age of 29 due to medical complications. The athlete set the Canadian record for men’s pole vault in 2016 and won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. He also achieved success at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, that same year. Barber was a three-time NCAA championship winner as a member of the University of Akron’s track and field team. He made his Olympics debut at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and achieved a spot in the final. His best vault of 6 meters still stands as the Canadian record. Barber is remembered as a well-liked teammate and competitor by the University of Akron. He is survived by his brother, mother, and father. His agent described him as a good-hearted person who always put others ahead of himself. The world has lost a talented athlete and kind individual in Shawn Barber.
– Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber has died at the age of 29 from medical complications
– Barber set the Canadian record for the men’s pole vault in January 2016 and won gold at the 2015 Pan American Games and the IAAF World Championships
– He was a three-time NCAA championship winner for the University of Akron track and field team
– Barber made his Olympics debut in 2016 and his best vault was 6 meters, still the Canadian record
– He is survived by his brother and parents