PORTLAND, Ore. - Saint Augustine's University graduate Barbara Pierre of the United States relied on a blistering start to win the women's 60-meter title in the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Oregon Convention Center late Saturday night (March 19, 2016).
Pierre was one of two Saint Augustine's University alums who stood out at the World Indoor Championships. Ramon Gittens of Barbados claimed the bronze medal after finishing third in the men's 60-meter dash in 6.51 seconds. He set his second national record of the day in winning his first world medal. Gittens is the second Barbados athlete and first since 1999 to medal at the World Indoor Championships.
In the women's 60 finals, Pierre outran Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Elaine Thompson of Jamaica to win the gold medal in a winning time of 7.02 seconds. Schippers was second in 7.04 and Thompson placed third in 7.08.
The world title is the first for Pierre. She said her fast start was the key in an IAAF.org article.
"It's the 60 and it's really short, so you have to get out," Pierre said on the website. "It's very important."
Pierre entered the meet having won the United States title in the event last weekend. Her victory in the World Indoor Championships capped a thrilling two weeks for the former Lady Falcons' standout.
"It means a lot," Pierre said on the IAAF.org website. "I've worked really, really hard and to see it come out means a lot. I had to bring it home because the crowd was so loud and I thought: 'I have to do this, I have to finish.' It gave me that extra bit."