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September 1, 2012

Oceanfront man wins Silver in Pentathlon in USA Track and Field event

Makeba Davis

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (August 24, 2012) – While Virginia Beach’s Gabby Douglas was making history at the Summer Olympics in London, another Virginia Beach resident overcame a hamstring injury during the long jump to grab the silver medal in the men’s 50 Pentathlon at the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championship held earlier this month in Chicago.

Makeba R. Davis, 51, competing in his first track and field event in more than 20 years, won the silver medal with 3,189 points in the five events, a mere 27 points behind the gold medalist, Michael Janusey 54, of Venetia, Pa., who finished with 3,216. The Pentathlon is comprised of five events, the long jump, javelin, 200 meters, discus and 1,500 meters. Points are given for each event, the highest total number of points determines the winner.

“I was out to break the American record for my age, but straining my hamstring in the first event changed that,” Davis said. “I had no clue I was going to finish.”

Davis tightly wrapped the injury and made a conscious decision to “slow down all my approaches. I started to pace myself,” he said. “I would ice it and warm up again for every event. My 200-meter time suffered the most.”

Davis decided to enter the event to test himself while promoting athletic development for a website/organization he runs called MVP Recruiting, which promotes athletes, athletics, academics and financial aid. Davis also has a life-long affinity toward the Decathlon because “this event carries the most demand and also classifies the best athletes in the word,” he said. “I always wanted to follow in the footsteps of Bruce Jenner and Daley Thompson.”
So Davis googled “masters and track and field” and found the USATF opportunity.

With only two weeks to prepare, Davis trained by running and working out at One Life Fitness, a sponsor of Davis’ Atlantic Wave Volleyball Club, a junior’s United States Amateur Volleyball (USAV) organization that promotes athletes for future collegiate play.

For Davis, his life has revolved around athletics. His competitive nature started young as one of 15 children who were all active in sports . Davis started to run at the age of 10. In high school in Connecticut he played three sports, basketball, soccer and track and field, where he competed in the Decathlon. Davis continued track and field in college at Southern Connecticut State University, where he still holds the overall points record. Davis qualified for the Olympic Trails Decathlon in 1984, but his pursuit of Olympic gold ended with an injury to his Achilles tendon during an exhibition meet in Las Vegas.

Davis’ next event will be the indoor national championships for USATF masters in March.

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