Brigetta Barrett
Personal information
Full nameBrigetta LaShea Barrett
Born (1990-12-24) December 24, 1990 (age 33)
Westchester County, New York, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight140 lb (64 kg)
Country United States
SportTrack and field
EventHigh Jump
ClubArizona Wildcats
Turned pro2012
Coached bySheldon Blockburger
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2012 London High jump
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Moscow High jump
Gold medal – first place 2011 Shenzhen High jump

Brigetta LaShea Barrett (born December 24, 1990) is a former high jumper from the United States. Her biggest success is winning the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the gold medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. 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.[1]

In 2011 Barrett won the national Championships and World University Games in Shenzhen, 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. In 2016, gold medalist Anna Chicherova's 2008 drug re-test returned positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). Her 2008 bronze was rescinded, but 2012 gold was not affected.[2] During the indoors season Barrett achieved 1.97 m in January.

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.[3] Barrett placed third in the high jump in 1.91 m (6 ft 3 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.[citation needed]


Barrett graduated from Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas (2009). Her high jump results earned her a scholarship at the University of Arizona[4] where she graduated cum laude in May 2013, earning a bachelor's degree in theater arts.[5]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United States
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 9th High jump 1.93 m
Universiade Shenzhen, China 1st High jump 1.96 m
2012 Olympic Games London, England, United Kingdom 2nd High jump 2.03 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st High jump 2.00 m


  1. ^ "UIL 2008-09 Track & Field State Champions". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  2. ^ The XXIX Olympic Games. High Jump women.
  3. ^ "2014 American Track League - Houston" (PDF).
  4. ^ Brigetta Barrett Arizona Wildcats bio Archived August 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Brigetta Barrett Named Pac-12 Woman of the Year on". Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-08-19.