Ryan Brathwaite

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Ryan Brathwaite
Ryan Brathwaite (BAR) (3855095671).jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Barbados
Born (1988-06-06) June 6, 1988 (age 26)
Hillaby, St. Andrew
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Sport Running
Event(s) 110 metres hurdles
College team Barton County Community College
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 110 m h: 13.14 s (Berlin 2009)
Updated on 29 May 2013.

Ryan Brathwaite (born June 6, 1988)[1] is a track and field athlete from Barbados who won the gold medal in the 110 metres hurdles at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin.[2] In recognition of his achievements, on September 17, 2009 Brathwaite was given the honour of being an ambassador while formally receiving the title Ambassador His Excellency Ryan Brathwaite.[citation needed]

He is from the Hillaby district in the parish of St. Andrew. Although he shares a birthplace, surname and speciality with Shane Brathwaite, the two are not related.[3][4]


He first ran on the world stage at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Athletics, taking the silver medal in the 110 meter hurdles. More success came in regional competition when he won the 2006 CAC Junior Championships. He competed as a senior athlete at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and he reached the sprint hurdles semi-finals. He also represented Barbados at the 2007 Pan American Games where he finished in fourth place.

Brathwaite set a national record at the 2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics, winning his heat in a time of 13.49 seconds and finishing fourth in the final.[5] He improved this further at the 2008 Summer Olympics, running 13.38 seconds in the heats. He made it through to the Olympic semi-finals before being knocked out.

He broke a championship record the following year at the 2009 CAC Championships, which he achieved in the semi-finals. However, he was beaten in the final by the reigning Olympic champion Dayron Robles. At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, neither Robles nor the defending world champion Liu Xiang were present for the final as they withdrew due to injury. Brathwaite took advantage of this, setting a new best of 13.18 in the semi-finals, and he improved to 13.14 to win the gold and become the 2009 world champion. At 21 years old, he was the youngest ever champion for the event.[6] After the gold medal, he won at the Memorial Van Damme meeting and closed a successful year with another gold at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Barbados
2004 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) Mexico Coatzacoalcos 7th (h) 100 m 11.71 s (wind: +1.1 m/s)
1st 100 m hurdles 13.20 s w (wind: +2.5 m/s)
2005 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Trinidad and Tobago Bacolet 2nd 110 m hurdles 14.64 s (wind: -0.7 m/s)
World Youth Championships Morocco Marrakech 2nd 110 m hurdles 13.44 s (wind: +. m/s)   (1.1 m/s)
2006 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Guadeloupe/Guadeloupe Les Abymes 1st 110 m hurdles 13.85 s CR (wind: -1.4 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain 1st 110 m hurdles 13.69 s CR (wind: +1.6 m/s)
2007 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Turks and Caicos Islands Providenciales 1st 110 m hurdles 13.42 s CR (wind: +0.2 m/s)
ALBA Games Venezuela Caracas 2nd 110 m hurdles 13.91 s (wind: +0.6 m/s)
Pan American Games Brazil Rio de Janeiro 4th 110 m hurdles 13.70 s (wind: +0.4 m/s)
World Championships Japan Osaka 24th (sf) 110 m hurdles 13.87 s
2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships Colombia Cali 4th 110 m hurdles 13.66 s w (wind: +2.3 m/s)
Olympic Games China Beijing 7th (sf) 110 m hurdles 13.59 s (wind: -0.4 m/s)
2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships Cuba La Habana 2nd 110 m hurdles 13.31 s w (wind: +2.5 m/s)
World Championships Germany Berlin 1st 110 m hurdles 13.14 s (wind: +0.1 m/s) NR
2010 NACAC Under-23 Championships United States Miramar 2nd 110 m hurdles 13.10 s w (wind: +3.1 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Games Puerto Rico Mayagüez 1st 110 m hurdles 13.39 s
2011 World Championships South Korea Daegu 18th (h) 110 m hurdles 13.57 s (wind: +1.0 m/s)
2012 Olympic Games United Kingdom London 5th 110 m hurdles 13.40 s

See also[edit]


  1. ^ iaaf.org - Athletes - Brathwaite Ryan Biography
  2. ^ Associated Press, "Brathwaite wins men's 110-meter hurdles at worlds", Aug. 20, 2009
  3. ^ Arcoleo, Laura (2007-07-13). Brathwaite is Barbados first World champion. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-07-11.
  4. ^ Brathwaite follows tradition of top hurdlers. Lubbock Online (2012-05-23). Retrieved on 2014-07-11.
  5. ^ Campeonato CAC de Atletismo 2008. AthleCAC. Retrieved on 2010-03-09.
  6. ^ Arcoleo, Laura (2009-08-20). ‘More to come’ from hurdles surprise Brathwaite. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-09.

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Bradley Ally
Flagbearer for  Barbados
London 2012
Succeeded by