Bahamas' sprint hurdler Charlton surprised at early season speed

By April 10, 2018
Bahamian sprint hurdler Devynne Charlton set a new personal best and school record at the LSU Battle of the Bayou on Saturday. Bahamian sprint hurdler Devynne Charlton set a new personal best and school record at the LSU Battle of the Bayou on Saturday.

Following her record-breaking run in the sprint hurdles on the weekend, Bahamian sprint hurdler Devynne Charlton said she didn’t expect to run that fast so early.

Charlton, a senior at Purdue, won the 100m hurdles at the LSU Battle of the Bayou on Saturday in 12.70s defeating LSU’s Tonea Marshall who crossed the line in 13.21. Her winning time eclipsed her own personal best of 12.74s and also bettered the facility record of 12.71 that was held by Lolo Jones. It was also a new meet record erasing her own time of 12.97s.

She wasn’t done because shortly her record-breaking performance she won the 100m dash in 11.34s beating LSU’s Zayika Denoon, who was 0.02 seconds behind. The time was only 0.03s off her personal best.

“I feel as though I had a good day,” Charlton told SportsMax.TV.

“I was excited to come away with a PR, especially after struggling in my first few outdoor meets. I didn’t expect to run this fast this early in the season but it shows that I’m fit and I am looking forward to building on this and improving throughout the rest of the season.”

Charlton, who represented her country at the IAAF World Indoors in March, said her disappointment at not doing well in the 60-metre hurdles final may have also acted as motivation to do well outdoors.

Her bid for a first-ever World Championship ended then when she finished eighth in the final in a time of 8.18s well off the national indoor record of 7.89s she had set in the semis. She started the final well but faded into eighth after hitting the second and third hurdles.

She believes the disappointment has lit a fire under her, despite the challenges she continues to face.

“I think I approached the outdoor season a lot more hungry since I didn’t end my indoor season the way I wanted with my mistake in the World Indoor final,” she said.

“So, far outdoors has been a challenge, trying to prepare my body for the 10 hurdles instead of five. The weather hasn’t allowed me to train the way I’d like since it’s so cold in Indiana but my coaches and I make the best of the smaller indoor track and it’s been working so far.”

 

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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