Barbara Nwaba ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

A 2016 U.S. Olympian and two-time U.S. Champion in the Heptathlon as well as the 2016 U.S Indoor Pentathlon champion, Barbara is a Los Angeles native and graduate of UC-Santa Barbara. Along with her national and international accomplishments representing Team USA, Barbara is also a coach and mentor to aspiring youth Track & Field athletes with the Santa Barbara Track Club. Her work on and off the track was featured on NBC's 2016 Olympic Zone broadcast. Barbara was a 4x NCAA All-American for UCSB. 

Country: United States
Event: Heptathlon / Pentathlon
Birthdate: January 18, 1989
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College: UC Santa Barbara, Class of 2012
High School: University High School, Class of 2007
Sponsor: ABEO



  • 200m: 23.82 +0.1wind (2015)

  • 200m: 23.76 +2.3wind (2015)

  • 800m: 2:07.13 (2015)

  • 100mHurdles: 13.38 +0.6wind (2015)

  • 400mHurdles: 1:00.51 (2010)

  • High Jump: 1.90m (2016)

  • Long Jump: 6.23m +1.5wind (2015)

  • Shot Put: 14.81m (2016)

  • Javelin Throw: 50.4m (2016)

  • Heptathlon: 6500pts (2015)


  • 800m: 02:10.1 (2016)

  • 60mHurdles: 8.40 (2015)

  • High Jump: 1.85m (2014)

  • Long Jump: 6.17m (2016)

  • Shot Put: 15.00m (2016)

  • Pentathlon: 4661pts (2016)




  • Olympic Games Heptathlon - 12th Place โ€“ 6,309pts

  • U.S. Olympic Trials Champion (Heptathlon)

  • Team USA - IAAF World Indoor Championships - 4th Place - Personal Record - 4,661pts

  • USA Indoor Championships Gold Medalist (Pentathlon) โ€“ Personal Record โ€“ 4,414pts


  • Set #6 U.S. All-Time Heptathlon Score at USA Outdoor Championships with 6,500pts

  • Team USA โ€“ IAAF World Championships

  • USA Outdoor Championships Gold Medalist (Heptathlon) โ€“ Personal Record โ€“ 6,500pts

  • Gotzis Hypo Meeting โ€“ 11th place โ€“ Personal Record โ€“ 6,342pts

  • Sam Adams Combined Events Heptathlon Champion

  • USA Indoor Championships Silver Medalist (Pentathlon)


  • Finished Outdoor season ranked #15 in the World

  • Set #14 U.S. All-Time Heptathlon Score at USA Outdoor Championships with 6,307pts

  • One of two Heptathletes in the U.S. with 2016 Olympic A Standard

  • Thorpe Cup Gold Medalist (USA vs. Germany) โ€“ Meet Record โ€“ 6,205pts

  • USA Outdoor Championships Silver Medalist โ€“ Personal Record โ€“ 6,307pts

  • MT. SAC Heptathlon Champion โ€“ 6,018pts

  • USA Indoor Championships Bronze Medalist (Pentathlon) โ€“ 4,408pts


  • Set Big West Conference Championship Meet Record โ€“ 5,714pts

  • Set Big West Conference Heptathlon Record โ€“ 5,986pts โ€“ at Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational

  • Olympic Trials 5th Place Finisher โ€“ 5,986pts

  • NCAA Division I Runner-Up โ€“ 5,927pts

  • NCAA Division I 4th place โ€“ 5,714pts

  • Big West Champion โ€“ 5,986pts

Other Notables

  • 4x NCAA Division I All-America

  • 8x All-Big West

  • 6x Big West Champion