Tamari Davis leads field at Ed Murphey Classic

Tamari Davis won her first race of the 2021 season at the KMS Open held inside the Crossplex, Bessemer Road, Birmingham, USA on Sunday (31 Jan).

Tamari Davis

Davis, who will celebrate her 18th birthday on the 15th, dashed to 7.21 for a comfortable victory in the final. She fell just short of her 7.19 personal best and World U18 best, done in South Carolina in July last year.

Shannon Ray, representing Empire Athletics, ran 7.45 for second place while Samantha Dirks of Belize finished third in 7.52.

Earlier, in the preliminaries, Davis, who signed a professional deal with Adidas in 2020, ran 7.42 to qualify.

Davis opened her season two weeks ago, 15 Jan, in Birmingham, Alabama. She ran 39.53 for fourth overall in the women’s 300m, won then by Jessica Beard, 37.54.

British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) Ashley Kelly, representing TruFit Athletics, ran 7.64 in the heats.
Kelly ran 24.72 for third in the women’s 200m, won by Na’Sha Robinson, 23.64.

Grace Clayton of Puerto Rico won the women’s 600m and 800m events. She ran 1:29.58 to take the women’s 600m ahead of Nikki Mata, 1:36.51 in the 600m.
In the 800m, Claxton was timed in 2:12.40 ahead of Anouk Prop of Georgia State, 2:15.13.

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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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