Tamari Davis sets world U18 60m record

Tamari Davis produced a World age group record run to beat Jamaican Kiara Grant at the South Carolina Gamecock Opener on Friday, 17 January.

Davis, representing Empire Athletics at the Indoor Track and Field Complex in Columbia, S.C., ran 7.19 to set a new World U-18 record. Davis’ mark lowered the World U-18 mark of 7.24, established in 2007 in Houston by Victoria Jordan. She now holds World age-group records at 14 (7.30), 15 (7.25) and 16 (7.19).

The time also equalled the fastest indoor 60-meter dash time in American high school history.

Jamaican Kiara Grant, a junior at Norfolk State University, equalled her career-best with 7.22 to take the second spot.

Davis, 16, and Jamaica’s rising star Briana Williams enjoyed some great battles in 2018. Williams won the 100m (11.31) to Davis’ 11.36, but the latter topped the 200m 22.48 to 23.15 at the Florida State High School Outdoor Championships.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


  1. Fine run by Kiara Grant. Her steady progress continues. Tamari Davis, at not even 17 yet, is something else though. If this is her new ‘level’ over 60m, her 100m (out) and 200m (in and out) will be frightening.


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