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Track Beauties of the Week: Me’Lisa and Mikele Barber
February 5, 2011Posted by on
The American twins are world-class sprinters, with both siblings winning major championship titles at the 4x100m relay.
Lisa helped Team USA win gold at the 2005 Helsinki world championships. Two years earlier, Barber was part of the U.S. quartet that lost to a determined French home team in Paris 2003. Lisa, in an excellent display of sprinting versatility, more than made up for the 4x100m silver with a gold medal at the grueling 4x400m in Paris. In Osaka 2007, Mikele sustained the Barber winning tradition, as the powerful American relay squad struck gold yet again.
Lisa was crowned World Indoor Champion in Moscow back in 2006, clocking a personal best of 7.01s.
The differences in performances are not as glaring as Susanna and Jenny Kallur, the first twins showcased in the weekly Track Beauty feature. Both sisters have shown prowess in distances 400m and below. Lisa had run faster times than Mikele, however. The former has best times of 10.95s, 22.37s and 50.87s in the 100m, 200m and 400m, respectively. Mikele is a tad bit slower (11.02s, 22.73s) in the shorter sprints, but about two-hundredths of a second faster in the quarter-mile (50.63s).
The success of the Barber twins is truly remarkable, despite the fact that they won relay medals at different points in time! Well, it’s never too late for the twins to win a relay crown together.
Article by Joboy Quintos