Shawn Barber jumped to another men’s pole vault silver, while Tim Nedow made his first IAAF Diamond League podium in Stockholm, Sweden.
Barber won his third Diamond League silver this season, after another battle with world record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France. Rainy conditions made for a difficult competition, even for world champion Barber, who finished with height of 5.65 metres.
“It’s tough to jump like that, especially when your pole gets wet and you lose that confidence in your grip, it’s real tough to get that confidence back,” said Barber to IAAF. “What he did was played it smart and he kept his poles dry and when you’re able to do that it makes jumping in these conditions much easier.”
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Lavillenie won the men’s event with a jump of 5.73m and is currently leading the overall Diamond League standings in men’s pole vault with 36 points, while Barber sits in second with 22. Markes Arents of Latvia finished third in Thursday’s competition with a height of 5.50m.
Wednesday June 15
Nedow posted his best diamond league result of the season in Stockholm, finishing third in men’s shot put. The Canadian’s toss of of 20.44m secured bronze behind Michal Haratyk of Poland’s 20.54m throw. Great Britian’s Tom Walsh won the competition with a distance of 21.13m. Nedow is currently the only Canadian with the Olympic standard in men’s shot put.