World Champion Pole Vaulter Dies at Age 29

A former world champion pole vaulter reportedly died last week at the age of 29.

Shawn Barber, a three-time NCAA champion with the University of Akron in Ohio, died “from medical complications,” according to the school’s Department of Athletics.

The specific cause of death has not yet been released, but the university said he “had fallen ill and had been experiencing poor health for some time.”

“More than just an incredible athlete, Shawn was such a good-hearted person that always put others ahead of himself,” his agent, Paul Doyle, told the Associated Press.

From The Gateway Pundit:

Barber, who had dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada, set an NCAA championship meet record with a jump of 19-4.75 in the 2015 indoor championships, besting the mark of 19-2.25 set by Jacob Davis of the University of Texas in 1999, according to the University of Arkon news release.

He brought home a gold medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and represented Canada in the 2016 Olympics, finishing 10th.