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Dyke hails 'special' Davis

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:00 AMRaymond Graham

IT has been a wonderful season so far for Edwin Allen second year Class Three athlete Kevona Davis.

The defending double sprint champion looks a cinch in repeating that feat once again as she has recorded the fastest times by any schoolgirl this season in both the 100m and 200m.

At the Carifta Trials, she won the Under-17 100m in 11.43 seconds, then at the Digicel Grand Prix finals, she clocked a fast 23.32 seconds to win the 200m as she sent our her warnings ahead of Champs 2017.

After seeing his charge clocking those fantastic times, head coach of Edwin Allen Michael Dyke described Davis as a special talent and says he is not surprised by her impressive times so far this season.

"I expected this from her, and based on her performances last year, I expect her to do great things this year", said Dyke."She is a very special athlete, and she has not been doing anything beyond her age group."

GREAT TALENT

"From she came in her first year in Class Four we realised her great talent despite her not competing then due to a broken leg," said Dyke, who added that he thinks the youngster is better over the 200m.

"This is so because she tends to be a little bit slow at the start of her races especially in the 100m, and when she does so in the 200m, she has more time to recover and she really loves the 200m," he said.

Dyke is also confident that the long standing record of 23.11 seconds done by Holmwood's Champs great Anneisha McLaughlin will be broken by Davis at this year's championships.

"I think so. Once the condition is right and she is in a good frame of mind and she is healthy, the possibility exists that this record could go", Dyke notes. "She is very good running around the curve despite being such a tall athlete, and my only concern is at the start with her coming out of the blocks and really executing, but she has time, and we can work on that."