Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Davis now a T&T athlete

World record-holder switches allegiance

World record-holder Wayne Davis II is now a Trinidad and Tobago athlete.

At the 2009 Pan American Junior (under-20) Championships, here in T&T, Davis struck gold in the men's 110 metres hurdles in 13.08 seconds, a new world junior record (hurdles height 99 centimetres). However, he achieved the feat as a member of the United States team.

Davis, though, has decided to switch allegiance.

On the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) website, www.iaaf.org, his change from US to T&T athlete is confirmed. The sprint hurdler became eligible to compete for T&T on August 4, 2011.

Davis was born in 1991 in North Carolina. However, his parents, Wayne and Anne Marie Davis, are Trinidadians.

Their daughter, Dannielle Davis is also a sprint hurdler. She competed for T&T at the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Carifta Games.

In 2007, in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Wayne II earned the World Youth (under-18) Championship boys' 110m hurdles title in a world youth record time of 13.18 seconds (height 91.4cm).

Davis is now 20 and attends Texas A&M University. Last Saturday, at the Texas 10 Team Invitational, he got to the line in 7.91 seconds to top the men's 60m hurdles field. In the preliminary round, Davis clocked 8.00.

The T&T athlete also competed in the 200m. He finished first in his section and ninth overall in 21.85 seconds.

In his season opener, at the Reveille Invitational in Texas, on December 10, Davis triumphed in the 60m hurdles in 7.87 seconds, and finished eighth in the 60m dash in 6.95.

National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) president, Ephraim Serrette told the Express, yesterday, he is happy about Davis' decision to compete for T&T.

"We welcome him. It's good for Trinidad and Tobago. Davis has been progressing well, and having him is also a plus for the sprint relay."