• Canadian Shawn Barber Wins Pole Vault, Lavillenie takes bronze

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 Canada's Shawn Barber has won the gold medal in the men's pole vault at the world track and field championships in Beijing on Monday, August 24.

The 21-year-old Barber shocked current world record holder Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) and 2013 world champion Raphael Holzdeppe (GER) by taking gold with a mark of 5.90m.

Holzdeppe, who also cleared 5.90m took silver on a count back, while Lavillenie sattled in third with a mark of 5.80m.

It's the first medal ever won by a Canadian in pole vault at worlds.

The last time a Canadian reached an Olympic podium was in 1912, when William Halpenny earned bronze. 

Watch Shawn Barber Interview After Winning Gold

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