Barbara Pierre – running towards world indoor glory
Haitian-born sprinter, Barbara Pierre is now a well-known name in the indoor athletics world after winning the gold medal in the women’s 60-metre sprint event during the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland, Oregon, on March 19, 2016.
The journey was not easy and involved a lot of work, talent and dedication. She started running when she was a teenager, in high school and evolved tremendously since then. In college, Barbara was a member of the track team. In 2008, she ran the 100m race at Beijing Olympics for Haiti, before becoming a U.S. citizen. She switched her affiliation to the United States in 2011.
Pierre’s specialities now are the 60-meter dash and the 100-metre race. She achieved her highest world ranking in 2013 when she was the fourth fastest sprinter in the world over 100m with a personal best of 10.85 seconds.
She won the bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games and is a two-time NACAC Champion.
The women’s 60 metres final is Pierre’s first world indoor title, which she won against fan favourite Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands by .02 of a second (Pierre – 7.02; Schippers – 7.04). What helped her the most during the race was the blazing start and her strong self-confidence. After the first few steps of the 60-metre sprint, she was already ahead of the field by a full meter.
“It was amazing. The crowd just gave me that extra bit. I said, ‘I’m at home I need to win this, nobody else’,” the 29-year-old athlete declared after the event.
Her winning time of 7.02 seconds brought her the top spot in the race, but it was a little behind the 7.0 she had managed a week ago at the U.S. trials.
The track and field sprint athlete is now a potential candidate for the U.S. Olympic team and is ready for a run at the Rio Olympics. With these results up her sleeve, she can now make an impact on the indoor athletics front and most probably become a regular at Diamond League events.