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.

About the Santa Barbara Track Club
The Santa Barbara Track Club (SBTC) hosted at Westmont College aims to provide a pathway to the podium for athletes of all ages and abilities. The SBTC is comprised of Olympic and aspiring Olympic Track & Field athletes, a Youth Track Club as well as community members seeking to reach their highest potential through group and private training.

David Monico