Kelsey-Lee Barber (née Roberts; born 20 September 1991) is an Australian track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. She won gold at the 2019 World Championships. Her personal best of 67.70 m ranks her 12th in the overall list.
Kelsey-Lee Roberts in Busto Arsizio in 2017
|Birth name||Kelsey-Lee Roberts|
|Born||20 September 1991|
East London, South Africa
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||67.70 m (2019)|
Barber made her international debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing third with 62.95 m. She competed at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing without qualifying for the final. A back injury in early 2016 disrupted her preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics and she finished 28th in qualifying.
Barber had a break out year in 2017. She produced three consecutive personal bests in competitions in Turku, Lausanne and London. At the World Championships, she qualified automatically for the final and finished 10th. She finished the season with a silver medal at the Diamond League Final in Zurich and another personal best of 64.53 m.
In 2018, she placed second at the National titles behind Kathryn Mitchell. Roberts threw a new personal best of 64.57 m at the Queensland International Track Classic in Brisbane on 28 March. In the 2018 Commonwealth Games Roberts received a silver medal with a 63.89 m throw.
Barber won gold at the 2019 Oceania Athletics Championships with a personal best and championship record 65.61 m throw. At the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern in July, she won gold and improved on her personal best, throwing 67.70 m. This also moved Barber to second on the Oceanian list behind Mitchell, and into 12th in the overall list. She won the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships with a 66.56 m throw.
|2014||Commonwealth Games||Glasgow, United Kingdom||3rd||Javelin throw||62.95 m|
|2015||World Championships||Beijing, China||20th (q)||Javelin throw||60.18 m|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||28th (q)||Javelin throw||55.25 m|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||10th||Javelin throw||60.76 m|
|2018||Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||2nd||Javelin throw||63.89 m|
|2019||World Championships||Doha, Qatar||1st||Javelin throw||66.56 m|
Seasonal bests by yearEdit
- 2008 – 45.54 m
- 2009 – 46.10 m
- 2010 – 49.29 m
- 2011 – 48.74 m
- 2012 –
- 2013 – 58.58 m
- 2014 – 63.92 m
- 2015 – 63.78 m
- 2016 – 59.02 m
- 2017 – 64.53 m
- 2018 – 64.57 m
- 2019 – 67.70 m
Barber was born Kelsey-Lee Roberts, in East London, South Africa on 20 September 1991. Her family moved to Australia in 2000. She married her coach Mike Barber after the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
- "2018 CWG bio". Retrieved 28 April 2018.
- Kelsey-Lee Barber at IAAF
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- Kelsey-Lee Barber puts down Olympic marker with personal best The Australian
- Report: women's javelin - IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 IAAF
- 2014 CWG profile
- "Javelin Throw Women – Qualification" (PDF). Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- Dutton, Chris (16 August 2016). "Olympic Games 2016: Canberra javelin thrower Roberts' Rio campaign ends in tears". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- "Kelsey-Lee Roberts". GC2018. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
- Australian javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts looking to make impact at 2015 world championships in Beijing Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Kelsey-Lee Barber uses Brisbane comeback as Olympic launching pad The Canberra Times