Devynne Charlton - Ready to Compete!

Team Bahamas is represented well on the 2017 World Championships this week in London. One big name on the team is 21-year old Devynne Charlton, who has made her second World Championship team.  She also qualified for the Olympics but was unable to compete last year due to injury. Charlton, who attends Purdue University and competes in the hurdles recently discussed the World Championships and recovering from injury.

On the recovery process to make it back to the national team, Charlton said it was a quick process, as easy as riding a bicycle.  She is delighted with her progress and happy to qualify and able to compete in the 100m hurdles in London.

As a 19-year old competing in Beijing in 2015, Charlton admitted that she wasn't necessarily ready for the World Championships and took it as an experience to grow. This year she knows the level of competition and believes her experience will benefit her in attempts to make a statement in London.

When asked if her long collegiate season will have a positive, negative or no effect on competing in London, Charlton notes that it will definitely help her.  Her preparations for the championships has made her fatigue however she has had time to rest following the season. Running in several rounds per meet in college has prepared her for the three rounds she'll run in the World Championships.

While every athlete knows what type of competition they are facing, Charlton does not focus on that and instead concentrates on winning every time out on the track.

Having experience at the World Championships brings on somewhat of a leadership role. While Charlton hasn't given advice yet to the newcomers, she will tell them that the World Championships is just another track meet. The competition may be more stiff but just treat it like any other meet.

Her support from family who have seen her compete around the world is very important to Charlton.  Certainly family and Bahamians, on the whole, are already proud of Charlton regardless of how she performs but her ultimate goal is to bring home a medal.

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