Davis targets sub-11 at Champs
Kevona Davis left patrons’ mouths wide open when she became the first Class Two girl to dip below the 23-second barrier at the 2018 ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.
The native of Gayle, St Mary, blitzed to 22.92 seconds in the semi-final and 22.72 in the final.
She also shattered the Class Two 100m record by .24 seconds when she raced to 11.16 seconds, the second-fastest 100m time in Girls’ Champs history.
Her effort is only bettered by Veronica Campbell-Brown’s 2001 Class One mark of 11.13.
And the 17-year-old is planning another jaw-dropping moment as she wants to become the first schoolgirl to dip below the 11-second barrier.
“It would mean the world to me to be the first schoolgirl to run under 11 seconds. It has crossed my mind a lot of times. It is my number one goal now, and I am working really hard for it to happen this year,” Davis said.
“I feel better than where I was last year this time so, hopefully, that means that I can do better at Champs this year.”
Davis’ times at Champs last year made her one of the favourites to capture the sprint double at the World Under-20 Championships but she had to watch from a distance as her compatriot Briana Williams achieved the feat, as she was injured and had to cut her season short.
“I am over the injury now. The doctors say that I am OK, and I have not felt any pain,” Davis said.
But coach Michael Dyke is still cautious with the World Under-18 100m bronze medallist.
“I am trying to make sure Kevona remains as healthy as possible. She started her season somewhat late. She has only run two times in the individual events. She might not run the 100m before Champs,” Dyke explained.
“One of the objectives for Kevona is to make the World Championships team, and so we are also preparing her for that.”
Last week, Davis captured the Central Championships 200m Class Two girls’ title in 23.24 seconds.