what we know about the tragic death of the world pole vault champion at 29

what we know about the tragic death of the world pole vault champion at 29
what we know about the tragic death of the world pole vault champion at 29

World athletics mourns one of its own. Thursday January 18, 2024, the announcement of the death of Shawn Barber had the effect of a bomb. He was one of the stars of pole vaulting. The athlete was only 29 years old when he was found dead at his home on January 17. Concerning the circumstances of the athlete’s death, the details are still unclear. He died as a result of a “medical complication. “It’s a terrible loss, Shawn was a person who had a lot of heart. He was a good person, generous with others. Dying so young is difficult to accept“, declared his agent Paul Doyle. Shawn Barber had managed to make a name for himself in the world of pole vaulting by becoming world champion in 2015. Since the announcement of the champion’s death, many tributes see the light of day. This is particularly the case of Renaud Lavillenie who struggles to believe this terrible news. “I can’t believe Shawn died. Rest in peace my friend. The pole vault family just lost an incredible person“, adds the Olympic champion in the caption, before concluding: “I will never forget you“.

Shawn Barber still holds the Canadian indoor high jump record

If today it is the Swede Mondo Duplantis who reigns supreme over the discipline, Shawn Barber left his mark on the world of this sport and is still the Canadian record holder indoors at 6 meters and outdoors (…)

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