José Luíz Barbosa

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José Luíz Barbosa, known as Zequinha Barbosa (born May 27, 1961) is a Brazilian former middle-distance runner who specialized in the 800 metres. José participated in 4 Olympics Games.1984 Los Angeles; 1988 Soul Korea; 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta. He is the 1987 World Indoor Champion, and a two-time World Championship medallist, winning silver in 1991 and bronze in 1987. 1995 Pan American gold medalist 800m 1987 Silver medalist, 1983 Silver medalist 800m and Silver 4x400m.Jose was ranked number One in the world in the 800m in 1991.

José Luíz Barbosa
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Personal information
Born (1961-05-27) May 27, 1961 (age 59)
Três Lagoas, Brazil
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Country Brazil
SportMen's athletics


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.

Earlier in his career, Barbosa had won a bronze medal at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics in Rome, and finished sixth in the 800m final at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

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 head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon for 5 1/2 years.

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.

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Brazil
1981 South American Championships La Paz, Bolivia 2nd 800 m 1:54.7
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:09.5
1983 South American Championships Santa Fe, Argentina 1st 800 m 1:49.1
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 19th (sf) 800 m 1:48.05
6th (sf) 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.46
Pan American Games Caracas, Venezuela 2nd 800 m 1:46.65
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:02.79
Ibero-American Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 800 m 1:50.02
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 41.00
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:07.62
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 15th (sf) 800 m 1:48.70
7th (sf) 4 × 400 m relay 3:03:99
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 1st 800 m 1:47.49
Pan American Games Indianapolis, United States 2nd 800 m 1:47.37
World Championships Rome, Italy 3rd 800 m 1:43.76
19th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:05.64
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 6th 800 m 1:46.39
33rd (h) 1500 m 3:44.46
1989 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd 800 m 1:45.55
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 3rd 800 m 1:45.81
Ibero-American Championships Manaus, Brazil 1st 800 m 1:46.18
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 2nd 800 m 1:44.24
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 4th 800 m 1:45.06
World Cup Havana, Cuba 4th 800 m 1:47.66[1]
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 6th (sf) 800 m 1:48.56[2]
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 15th (sf) 800 m 1:45.92
1994 Goodwill Games St. Petersburg, Russia 6th 800 m 1:47.49
World Cup London, United Kingdom 7th 800 m 1:48.26[1]
1995 Pan American Games Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st 800 m 1:46.02
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:07.54
South American Championships Manaus, Brazil 1st 800 m 1:46.16
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 15th (h) 800 m 1:47.10
1996 Ibero-American Championships Medellín, Colombia 2nd (h) 800 m 1:49.93[2]
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 23rd (sf) 800 m 1:50.33
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 25th (qf) 800 m 1:47.30

Personal bestsEdit




  1. ^ a b Representing the Americas
  2. ^ a b Did not finish in the final