2016 Summer Olympics - Athletes

Pole vault

Shawn Barber

Date of birth

1994-05-27

Birthplace

Las Cruces (United States)

Height

191 cm

Weight

80.0 kg

World Championships (1 medal: 1 gold)

  • Pole vault: 1st (2015)

Pan American Games (1 medal: 1 gold)

  • Pole vault: 1st (2015)

Pole vault's rising star

After being crowned 2015 pole vault world champion in Beijing (5.90m), Shawn Barber has now set his sights on Olympic gold in Rio, where he will be looking to upset the favourite, French world record holder Renaud Lavillenie.

The 22-year-old is one of Canada's top medal hopes for the Games. Born in the United States, he followed in the footsteps of his father George, himself a talented pole vaulter. In 2014, he won bronze at the Commonwealth Games, before gold medals at the Pan American Games and the worlds in 2015.

Though he can often be seen encouraging his rivals, Barber remains a fierce competitor. He kicked off his Olympic year by clearing 6.00m (a personal best) in January.

Results

Men's Pole Vault

10Men's Pole Vault5.50
7Men's Pole Vault, Qualification5.70 q
3Men's Pole Vault, Qualification, Group B5.70 5.30:-/5.45:xxo/5.60:o/:xo
10Men's Pole Vault, Final5.50

Medal Tracker

Total Medal Leaders
  • 121
    USA
  • 70
    CHN
  • 67
    GBR
  • Gold
    46
    USA
    GBR27
    CHN26
  • Silver
    37
    USA
    GBR23
    CHN18
  • Bronze
    38
    USA
    CHN26
    JPN21
Total Medal Leaders
  • 6
    Phelps
    Phelps
  • 5
    Ledecky
    Ledecky
  • 5
    Biles
    Biles
  • Gold
    5
    Phelps
    Phelps
    Ledecky4
    Biles4
  • Silver
    3
    Hammer
    Hammer
    Manuel2
    McKeon2
  • Bronze
    2
    Adrian
    Adrian
    Oleksiak2
    Chalmers2

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