News19 Jan 2016

Barber looking to hit the heights in Karlsruhe


Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber (© Getty Images)

World champion Shawn Barber has been added to an already impressive men’s pole vault field at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe on 6 February, the first IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting of 2016.

Barber will duel with the two men who joined him on the podium at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, Germany’s 2013 world champion Raphael Holzdeppe and France’s Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie.

The Canadian became the latest member of the ‘six-metre club’ when he cleared a national record of 6.00m in Reno on Saturday.

The women’s 1500m in Karlsruhe will feature the Netherlands’ European champion Sifan Hassan, German steeplechase star Gesa Felicitas Krause and Ethiopia’s world indoor silver medallist Axumawit Embaye.

Spain’s Eusebio Caceres returns to Karlsruhe to defend the men’s long jump title he won in the German city last year and on this occasion will face, among others to be named, German internationals Julian Howard and Fabian Heinle.

Organisers for the IAAF

2016 IAAF World Indoor Tour calendar
6 February – Karlsruhe Indoor Meeting (Karlsruhe, GER)
14 February – New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (Boston, USA)
17 February – Globen Galan (Stockholm, SWE)
20 February – Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix (Glasgow, GBR)