Darvin Edwards

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Darvin Edwards
Personal information
Nationality  Saint Lucian
Born (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 (age 27)
Castries, Saint Lucia
Residence Castries, Saint Lucia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High Jump
Coached by Gregory Lubin, Dane Magloire
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 2.31m

Darvin Edwards (born 11 September 1986) is a Saint Lucian competitor in men's High Jump. Darvin was born in Castries.

Darvin holds the St Lucia National Record for men's High Jump. His career best mark of 2.31m, in Daegu, South Korea at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics is also the record for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Darvin attended St Aloysius RC Boys School and then Entrepot Secondary School in Castries. At the latter institution, he was introduced to the High Jump event by coach Gregory Lubin. In 2004, Darvin won the under-20 men’s High Jump at the CARIFTA Games in Hamilton, Bermuda, clearing 2.06m on the opening day. In 2005, the Games were held at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, in Bacolet, Tobago. Darvin had reset the St Lucia National Junior Record at 2.15m a little over a week before the meet. But in the event, he had to settle for joint second, with a best height of 2.05m.

Belgrave Harriers[edit]

In 2006, Darvin was selected to represent Saint Lucia at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. He cleared 2.10m and finished seventh in his qualifying group and 13th overall, just missing out on a spot in the final through count back. That year, he opted to travel to London, England, to join the Belgrave Harriers club. There, he was introduced to coach Trevor Llewellyn, who set about totally rebuilding his technique. In the Golden Jubilee Cup Semi-Final, at Eton, Darvin cleared 2.20m on his first trial at that height, setting the Saint Lucia National Record for his event, still shy of his 20th birthday. In the Golden Jubilee Cup Final, Darvin cleared 2.15m to finish third.[1]

Darvin was also introduced to indoor competition during his time in England. In January 2008, competing for Belgrave at Brunel University in Uxbridge, West London, Darvin cleared a career-best (indoors and out) of 2.25m to beat teammate Samson Oni into second place. At the time, Oni co-owned the club's indoor record at 2.27m.

Darvin was called into international action in 2008, for the North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Toluca, Mexico. Darvin established a new career-best outdoors mark of 2.23m[2] to take silver. Jamaal Wilson of The Bahamas, who had beaten Darvin at CARIFTA in 2005, also cleared 2.23 but on this occasion had to settle for bronze. [2]

Injury and Return[edit]

After a solid start to 2009, which included clearing 2.22m to win the Aviva Great Britain and United Kingdom Indoor Trials, Darvin suffered a major setback through back injury that kept him out of competition throughout the 2010 season.[3] But when he did come back in 2011, he was entirely back on track, jumping better than ever before.

Darvin began the year clearing a relatively modest 2.20m in indoors competition, winning the South of England AA Championships at Lee Valley. In May, Darvin won his first outdoor competition in the London district of Battersea with a height of 2.27m, breaking the 21-year-old All-Division Southern League Record and clearing his best height indoor or out since 2008, a new National Record.[4]

Just about a month later, in the British Athletics League Division 1 at Barnet Copthall, Darvin went a centimetre further, clearing 2.28m and qualifying to represent Saint Lucia at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics and the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London, England. The height also represented a new Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States record.

World Championships[edit]

At the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, in the South Korean capital of Daegu, was the first man in Group A to clear 2.31m, automatically qualifying for the final, attaining the A standard for the 2012 Olympics and setting a new National Record and OECS Record.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Edwards competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics but failed to qualify for the finals.[5]

Honours[edit]

Place Competition Height Venue Date
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 12 f 2.20m Daegu, South Korea 01/09/2011
18th Commonwealth Games 7 q 2.10m Melbourne, Australia 20/03/2006

Outdoor Progression[edit]

Year Height Location Date
2011 2.31m Daegu, South Korea 30/08/2011
2010 2.15m
2009 2.22m i Sheffield, England 13/02/2009
2008 2.25m i Uxbridge, England 27/01/2008
2007 2.21m Bedford, England 10/06/2007
2006 2.20m London, England 12/08/2006
2005 2.15m Windsor, Canada 30/07/2005
2004 2.06m

External links[edit]

Darvin Edwards on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarvinAiRPiG

Darvin Edwards IAAF profile: http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/country=lca/athcode=211389/index.html

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