Pole vault world champion Shawn Barber dies at 29

The death of Shawn Barber, gold medalist at the 2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing, at the age of 29, has shocked the world of sports.

The 19-year-old improved his personal best by 11 centimetres to 5.71m to win a surprising gold in the men’s pole vault. After clearing 5.66m at the final attempt, he took control of the competition with a first-time clearance at 5.71m.

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