Champs false start behind Davis

June 15, 2017
Edwin Allen High's Kevona Davis reacts after winning the Class Three 200 metres final in a record 23.07 seconds at Boys and Girls' Champs 2017.

JUNIOR athlete Kevona Davis has said that, with the help of coach Michael Dyke, she is not worried about false-starting at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Kenya next month.

The Edwin Allen High sprinter was disappointed not to have completed the sprint double in the 100m and 200m finals at Boys and Girls' Champs earlier this year. She won the Class Three girls 200m in a record 22.43 seconds after false-starting in the 100m the day before.

After that incident she was criticised by fans as being overwhelmed by the pressure of performing in front of a large crowd. However, Davis said the nervousness was just down to wanting to win more than anything.

 

Stay focused

 

The 15-year-old has her eyes on gold in Kenya next month, saying Dyke's words have inspired her to stay focused and tell herself that she is better than her competitors.

"My coach would say, 'Kevona, you know that nobody in the race can beat you, so I don't want you to be nervous and you don't have to fret about your start. Just go out there and do your best,'" Davis said.

She has also figured out the times she expects to clock at next month's games.

"My expectations for Kenya are to run 22.89 in the 200m and, in the 100, 11.20," she said. "I am preparing myself in training through discipline and hard work. I know when I go to Kenya, I will do everyone proud."

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