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Brigetta Barrett
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Barrett at 2013 World Championships in Athletics
Personal information
Nickname(s) Bebe
Nationality American
Born December 24, 1990 (1990-12-24) (age 30)
Westchester County, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 140 lb
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High Jump
Club Arizona Wildcats
Turned pro 2012
Coached by Sheldon Blockburger
Retired 2016

Brigetta LaShea Barrett (born December 24, 1990 in Westchester County, New York) is a former high jumper from the United States. Her biggest success is winning the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She retired in 2016 at the age of 25 before coming back in 2017.

Early career

As a high schooler in 2009, Barrett won the Texas class 5A state championship in the girls high jump.

In 2011 Barrett won the national Championships and World University Games in Shenzen, China, jumping 1.96 m, a personal best. She also participated in the Athletics World Championships in Daegu, South Korea where she qualified for the final and placed 10th with 1.93 m

2012 and 2013 : Olympic and World silver medals

During the indoors season Barrett achieved 1.97 m in January. She qualified at the US Olympic trials by clearing 2.01 m, only surpassed by Chaunté Lowe. At the Olympic Games in London however she jumped higher than Lowe and became silver medalist, by jumping 2.03m, a new personal best.

Barrett earned a 2013 World Outdoor silver medal with a jump of 2.00 m. Barrett won the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championship (1.95 m). She also won the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championship (1.95 m). Barrett was a finalist for the 2013 The Bowerman award. Earlier that year, she jumped a new World Lead and Personal Best of 2.04 m.

Injuries and retirement (2016)

Barrett, who hails from Wappingers Falls, New York, jumped 6 ft 4 34 in (1.95 m) on Friday, June 6, 2014 7:00pm at Rice University Track Stadium. Barrett placed third in the high jump in 1.91 m (6 ft 3.07185040 in) at 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California. Struggling with injuries, she decided not to jump and to miss the World Championships in Beijing in August 2015. Coming back on the track in February 2016 where she only managed to clear 1.84 m. She decided to retire at the age of 25 and to concentrate herself on her own business. In April 2017, she went back on that decision.

Personal

Barrett graduated from Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas (2009). Her high jump results earned her a scholarship at the University of Arizona where she graduated cum laude in May 2013, earning a bachelor's degree in theater arts.

Achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United States
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 10th High jump 1.93 m
Universiade Shenzhen, China 1st High jump 1.96 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 2nd High jump 2.03 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd High jump 2.00 m
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