Tim Lobinger: Former German pole vault champion dies at 50

The athletics world is in mourning after Lobinger lost a long battle with cancer. He was the first German to clear the six-meter mark outdoors in 1997.

Former German pole vault champion Tim Lobinger has passed away at the age of 50, his family told German news outlets on Thursday. 

He wrote his name into the record books in 1997 by becoming the first German pole vaulter to clear the six-meter (19.6 feet) mark outdoors.

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