Michael Dyke and the Commentators tackle athlete overwork

By Donald Oliver & Ricardo Chambers August 10, 2019

Michael Dyke, the head coach of Jamaican Junior sprint sensation Kevona Davis, says the 17-year-old speedster will not be forced into the senior ranks. 

Davis has not competed for Jamaica at any level since the 2017 IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi Kenya where she secured bronze in the 100 metres.

She was down to contest the 100 metres at the Jamaican Senior Championships in June but withdrew on “medical advice” following a warm up for the heats.

Speaking on the SportsMax Podcast, The Commentators with Ricardo Chambers and Donald Oliver, Dyke said he was in no rush to advance Davis beyond the junior ranks.

“To be honest I am keeping her within her age group. I try not to overextend her to get her into senior teams, I would say probably too early even though her times would have suggested that but I make sure I am very careful and meticulous with her preparation.”

Dyke’s statements are in contrast to that of World Under-18 100 metres record holder Brianna Williams, who recently announced a focus on senior competition.

The full interview with Michael Dyke can be heard on SportsMax.tv as The Commentators tackle a series of issues dealing with athlete burn out and overwork.

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