José Luíz Barbosa
José Luíz Barbosa, known as Zequinha Barbosa (born May 17, 1961) is a Brazilian former middle-distance runner who specialised in the 800 metres. He is the 1987 World Indoor Champion, and a two-time World Championship medallist, winning silver in 1991 and bronze in 1987.
|Born||May 27, 1961|
Três Lagoas, Brazil
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
Born in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Barbosa won the silver medal at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo. A few weeks before, Barbosa had won the 800m race at the prestigious Letzigrund meeting in Zurich. He travelled to Tokyo as the favourite but lost to Billy Konchellah from Kenya, who overtook him on the home straight.
Shortly after the championships, Barbosa ran the fastest time of the year in Rieti, where he clocked 1 minute 43.08 secs. This remained his personal best throughout the remainder of his career. A year later he placed fourth in the Olympic final.
Barbosa celebrated his greatest indoor success at the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, where he won gold over 800m. At the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Toronto he entered the 800m final as a favourite but dropped out after colliding with Nico Motchebon.
Barbosa was also the Men's Cross Country and Track and Field coach for Mesa College in San Diego, CA.
In 2017 he was the Cross County coach for UC Davis and briefly an assistant track coach for distance in 2018.
- 400 metres – 45.9h (Sǎo Paulo 1983)
- 800 metres – 1:43.08 (Rieti 1991)
- 1000 metres – 2:17.36 (Nice 1985)
- 1500 metres – 3:37.04 (Grosseto 1991)