Eunice Barber




Born: 17/11/1974 (43 yo)
Birth place: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Citizenship : France

Occupation : Athletes (Heptathlon and Long jump)



Summary


Eunice Barber is a French, born Sierra Leonean athlete competing in heptathlon and long jump. Barber initially competed for Sierra Leone and then for France from 1999 onwards. She won the heptathlon at the World Championships in Athletics in 1999, the long jump in 2003 and finished second in heptathlon in 2003 and 2005.



Biography


Barber participated in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona in the heptathlon and 100 m hurdles. She also participated in the heptathlon at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, but failed to finish.

Breakthrough

At the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg, she beats her personal bests in six (out of seven) events in the heptathlon and gets the fourth place. The next year, she finished fifth in the heptathlon at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In those games, she also participated in the long jump (but did not qualify for the final).

Duels with Denise Lewis

Because of an injury, Eunice Barber could not compete before 1998. In February 1999, she became a French citizen (she has trained and lived in France since 1992).

In the 1999 World Championships heptathlon in Seville, she beats Denise Lewis by just 137 points with a personal best total of 6861 points with Lewis safely in second by a further 224 points to third placed Ghada Shouaa.

In 2000, Eunice Barber recorded the year's best score of 6842 points. However during the Olympic Games in Sydney, an injury forces her to withdraw from the competition after five events. Denise Lewis wins the heptathlon.

Duels with Carolina Klüft

At the 2003 World Championships in Paris, Carolina Klüft captured her first world title, in front of Barber's adopted home crowd. Klüft finished with 7001 points, ahead of Barber, with 6755 points. However, Barber bounced back to win the long jump, with her last-round attempt.

At the 2005 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Klüft and Barber battle again for the Gold Medal. Once again Klüft wins (with 6,887 points) and Barber takes the second place (with 6,824 points). Barber failed to defend her long jump crown, but took a bronze in the event.

At the 2006 European Championships in Athletics in Gothenburg, Barber hoped to even the score with Klüft, by beating her in front of her home crowd. However, Barber was forced to withdraw on day one because of a hip injury.

Police scuffle

In March 2006, Eunice participated in an altercation near the Stade de France in which Eunice claimed she was aggressively handled by a group of police officers following a minor traffic offence. Eunice will take the case to a court, but she could herself face charges for assaulting the police officers.



Websites & Social Networks


www.barber-eunice.com


Personal Best:


Oudoor

  • 100m - 11.66 - Reims 2006
  • 200m - 23.53 - Praha 1999
  • 800m - 2:10.55 - Gotzis 2001
  • 100m hurdles - 12.78 - Edmonton 2001
  • 200m hurdles - 27.47 - Nantes 1999
  • High Jump - 1.93 - Sevilla 1999
  • Long Jump - 7.05 - Monaco 2003
  • Short Put - 13.99 - Arles 2003
  • Javelin Throw - 53.10 - Anger 2005
  • Heptatlon - 6889 - Arles 2005

Indoor

  • 60m - 7.36 - Liévin 2000
  • 200m - 24.01 - Liévin 2000
  • 800m - 2:17.60 - Nogent-sur-Oise 1996
  • 60m hurdles - 8.11 - Sindelfingen 2000
  • High Jump - 1.80 - Paris (Bercy) 1997
  • Long Jump - 6.86 - Bordeaux 1998
  • Short Put - 13.05 - Paris (Bercy) 1997
  • Pentathlon - 4558 - Paris (Bercy) 1997
  • Heptatlon - 3901 - Vittle 1995

World Championships:

  • Gold - Seville 1999 - Heptathlon
  • Gold - Paris 2003 - Long jump
  • Silver - Paris 2003 - Heptathlon
  • Silver - Helsinki 2005 - Heptathlon
  • Bronze-  Helsinki  2005 - Long jump

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