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Former world athletics champion Barber assaulted on Paris train

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Mar 27, 2024

Former world heptathlon champion Eunice Barber suffered minor injuries after being punched in the face by a passenger on a Paris suburban train, a police source said. Barber, 49, was attacked after asking a “drunken passenger” to speak less loudly on his phone during the journey from Franconville, 17km north-west of Paris, into the city. The Sierra Leonean-born French athlete received “two blows to the face”, resulting in a slight injury to the “right cheekbone”. A 43-year-old man was arrested when the train reached its destination at the Gare du Nord station in central Paris. Barber filed a complaint with police.

Barber, a five-time world medallist, won the world heptathlon gold in Seville in 1999 and the long jump title at the 2003 world championships in Paris. Paris will host the Summer Olympics from July 26 to August 11. She is a well-known athlete with an impressive record in track and field events. The incident on the train has undoubtedly been a traumatic experience for her, but she remains resilient and determined to pursue justice for the assault she faced. The situation serves as a reminder of the importance of standing up against such acts of violence and ensuring the safety of all individuals, regardless of their status or achievements.

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