2016 Summer Olympics - Athletes

Pole vaultCanada

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

Overall Medal Leaders

  • 113
    USA
  • 88
    CHN
  • 71
    ROC

Individual Medal Leaders

Gold
Gold
United StatesUSA 39
ChinaCHN 38
JapanJPN 27
Silver
Silver
United StatesUSA 41
ChinaCHN 32
Russian Olympic CommitteeROC 28
Bronze
Bronze
United StatesUSA 33
Russian Olympic CommitteeROC 23
Great BritainGBR 22

Overall Medal Leaders

  • 7
    McKeon
    McKeon
  • 5
    Dressel
    Dressel
  • 4
    McKeown
    McKeown

Individual Medal Leaders

Gold
Gold
United StatesDressel 5
AustraliaMcKeon 4
AustraliaMcKeown 3
Silver
Silver
Great BritainScott 3
United StatesLedecky 2
ChinaYufei 2
Bronze
Bronze
AustraliaMcKeon 3
RussiaMelnikova 2
RussiaNagornyy 2