Tuesday July 16, 2013
Augusta, GA – Recently, Baiesha Johnson, a 2013 Paine College graduate embarked upon her professional athletic career in Europe. She won her first track meet that took place in France on June 30th at the Meeting de Mulhouse with a jump of 6.12 meters. She finished 3rd in her first 100 meters dash the same night and was the center of attention at the Mulhouse meeting.
Her second meet was of a higher competition. While still in France, she competed in a pro tour among world class athletes in Nancy. She finished 6th place (6.07) in the long jump behind World Champion Eunice Barber of France.
“This was a great experience for Baiesha who will know now what level to expect on the European circuit,” said Coach Lionel Nau who guided Johnson to compete abroad. “She knows that she has to jump 6.40 or more meters to get some wins and she is absolutely capable of doing so. Her time is currently 6.31 meters.” While at Paine, Johnson trained under the watchful eye of Coach Nau who is also a native of France.
Her third competition took place Sunday, July 7th at the track meet in Chaux de Fond in Switzerland. She competed in the 100 meters dash in heats and finals where she ran 12.42 seconds and participated in the 200 where she placed 8th with a time of 25.50.