Canadian Shawn Barber trying to regain winning pole vault form

LONDON—Shawn Barber is the world champion in pole vault and yet he entered the stadium here Sunday morning for the preliminaries as an underdog.

He’s one of only a handful of current jumpers that have cleared six-metres and yet, as he says, pole vault is a series of ups and downs. And the 23-year-old Canadian has had more downs than ups since the Rio Olympics where he finished a disappointing 10th.

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