Nwaba Earns World Championship Bronze

Nwaba joins a select group of Americans to have earned an Olympic or World Championship medal


Santa Barbara, Calif. (January 18, 2019) – As announced by USA Track & Field, Barbara Nwaba has officially been awarded the Bronze medal for her performance at the 2016 IAAF World Championships in Portland, OR. Nwaba joins a select group of American combined event athletes earning a World Championship or Olympic medal, including - Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Kym Carter, LeShundra Nathan and Hyleas Fountain. Nwaba was moved up to Bronze after Ukraine’s Anastasiya Mokhnyuk tested positive for a banned substance.

Nwaba’s March 18, 2016 performance was highlighted by a 2:10.07 in the 800m, finishing 2nd to World Champion Brianne Theisen-Eaton’s (CAN) 2:09.99. Nwaba finished with 4,661pts, a personal best.

A ceremony is planned for Nwaba the weekend of the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational. Stay tuned for more information.

David Monico