Tamari Davis signs professional deal with Adidas
Tamari Davis signs professional deal with Adidas

American teenage sprinter Tamari Davis has signed a professional contract with Adidas.

The 16-year-old announced via her social media page on Thursday, 30 January her decision.

“Thank you, @adidasrunning. I’m happy to be in the family,” said Davis.

A student at East Ridge High in Florida, who had several scholarship offers, was quoted as saying “this decision (endorsement) was a great opportunity that was handed to me, and I took it.”

Davis ran 7.19s, a world age-group record, to beat Jamaican Kiara Grant at the South Carolina Gamecock Opener on Friday, 17 January.

The 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).

Davis, and Jamaica’s 17-year-old Briana Williams, who recently signed with Niki, 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.

Tamari Davis, who is expected to be managed by Jamaican Claude Bryan, beat Kevona Davis at the Atlanta Georgia Relays in 2018.

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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. The success rate has been 0% for girls who went pro in track & field before age 18. Briana Williams is very close to 18 (birthday is in March) and is being coached by Ato Boldon and has shown that she’s capable of sub-11, so I’m not worried about her … but what reason is there to believe Tamari Davis won’t stagnate or regress just like all the other under-18 girls who went pro?


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