Malachi Davis

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Malachi Davis
Malachi Davis Relay.jpg
Personal information
National team United Kingdom
Born (1977-09-13) September 13, 1977 (age 41)
Sacramento, California
Sport
SportAthletics
ClubWoodford Green with Essex Ladies
Retired2012

Malachi Davis (born September 13, 1977, in Sacramento, California) is a sprinter who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, representing Great Britain. Davis placed 5th[1] in the finals for the 4x400m relay team. He competed in two Olympic events in 2004, and in the World Championships for his relay teams in 2005. After the Olympics, Davis and fellow 2004 Gold medalist Joanna Hayes formed Formula Gold, a sports performance company inspired by Olympic training methods and workouts. Today, Davis serves as the creative director and CEO for Formula Gold, where he does fitness consultant work for all major sports associations (the MLB, NFL, NBA and ATP) in addition to creating physical education curriculums for school districts throughout the state of California.

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Early Life and College[edit]

Davis was born in Sacramento, California and raised in Davis, California. The middle of four children, he has two twin sisters and an older brother. Davis was first exposed to athletics at the early age of seven. Davis's mother entered his brother into a nationwide track meet, the Hershey Invitational,[3] which was recruiting the best athletes from each state to compete. Davis accompanied his mother to watch the race, when she told him moments before the competition that she had entered him as well. From that first race forward, he competed and won every local track event, even qualifying for the state nationals.

In high school, Davis held the record in the 400m and 200m, which made him eligible for the state championships. From there, he attended Sacramento City College, where he became the state champion in the 400m and 4x4 relay. Davis was inducted into the Sacramento City College Hall of Fame[4] in 2017.

From Sacramento City College, Davis attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on a full scholarship, where he became an All-American NCAA champion.[5] He competed in the 4x400m relay split, in addition to the 4x400m indoor record teams. Today, Davis is featured on UCLA's Wall of Fame at Drake Stadium[6] for his track and field accomplishments.

Professional career[edit]

2004 Athens Summer Olympics[edit]

The highlight of Davis's athletic career came in 2004, when he competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece after being recruited by the British Athletic Confederation.[7] While Davis is American, he represented his mother's native country of Great Britain, where he competed in two Olympic events. He qualified for the 400m and the 4x400m relay. He was eliminated in the rounds of the 400m, but placed 5th for the 4x400m relay team.[8]

Following the Olympic Games, Davis was runner-up in the UK trials and competed in the 2005 World Athletics Championships in the 400m and the 4x400m relay. While he was eliminated in the 400m, Davis made it to the finals of the 4x400m team, placing 4th (2:58:82) in the relay split 44.3 anchor leg.

2005-Today[edit]

After the Olympic Games Davis focused on his sports performance company, Formula Gold. His Olympic-style training programs combine swimming, running, balance and gymnastics, with levels ranging from amateur to professional athlete. Davis, who serves as the creative director of Formula Gold, also works closely with retired New York Yankees star, Alex Rodriguez. Davis designed Rodriguez's fitness regimen for his New York Yankees comeback in 2015, after the MLB star's year-long hiatus.[9] Thanks to Davis's rigorous training program, Rodriguez had one of the best years of his athletic career.[10] Davis served as the MLB star's trainer for the last two years of his New York Yankees contract,[11] and now oversees the fitness division of Rodriguez's company, A-Rod Corp.[12] Through A-Rod Corp, Davis does consultant work for fitness facilities.

Achievements[edit]

During his adolescent years, Davis was a 2X State Qualifier in the 400m. He holds the record for the 400m at Davis High School, and became the state champion while competing in the 400m and 4x400m at Sacramento City College. While attending UCLA on a full scholarship, Davis was named an All-American NCAA champion, where he was a member of the 4x400m (3:01.12) relay split and the 4x400m indoor record team. In 2004 Davis competed in the Summer Olympics for Great Britain, making it to the finals where he placed 5th for the relay team. Following the Olympic Games, he competed in the World Athletics Championships, where he placed 4th in the relay split anchor leg. Post Olympics, Davis starred in numerous athletic commercials for Nike, Adidas and Yahoo, in addition to snagging a feature in Runners World Magazine.

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2003, Davis helped designed after-school athletic curriculums for youth in the inner cities as part of Arnold Schwarzenegger's program, After-School All-Stars.[13]

In 2012, Davis joined the Real Medicine Foundation where he worked on the L.A. Marathon campaign, raising awareness for people living in disaster-stricken areas across the world. Through the foundation, he provided those in need with medical and physical support.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Davis handed Athens place". 2004-07-20. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  2. ^ "Davis handed Athens place". Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Event Information". events.gotsport.com. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame". Sacramento City College. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  5. ^ "All Americans". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  6. ^ "Drake Stadium - Home Of Bruin Track And Field/Soccer - UCLA Athletics - UCLA Official Athletic Site". UCLA. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  7. ^ "Home". British Athletics. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  8. ^ "Malachi Davis Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  9. ^ CNN, By Ray Sanchez,. "Alex Rodriguez suspended for entire 2014 season - CNN". CNN. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  10. ^ "Resurgent A-Rod writing one of baseball's most incredible stories". SI.com. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  11. ^ "Yanks will end up paying A-Rod $317 million by contract's end". SI.com. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  12. ^ "Welcome to A-Rod Corp". A-Rod Corp. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  13. ^ "http://www.afterschoolallstars.org/". www.afterschoolallstars.org. Retrieved 2017-10-30. External link in |title= (help)

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