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Tasha Danvers

Full name: Natasha De'Anka "Tasha" Danvers (-Smith)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: September 19, 1977 in London, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, London (GBR) / USC Trojans, Los Angeles (USA) / HSI, Irvine (USA)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Cousin of Emma Ania.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Tasha Danvers started as a 100 metre hurdler and was twice national Under-20 champion and a World Junior Championships finalist at the high hurdles in 1996. After leaving England to take up an athletics scholarship at the University of Southern California she was successfully converted to a 400 hurdler and reached the finals of both the European Championship and Commonwealth Games in 1998 in only her second season at the event. She was European Under-23 champion in 1999 but it still came as a surprise to many when she reached the Olympic final in Sydney. Danvers showed remarkable consistency after Sydney and was a finalist at every major championship over the next three years. She married her coach Darrell Smith, the nephew of acclaimed sprint coach John Smith, and missed a chance at the 2004 Olympics due to the birth of her son. On her return to her track she collected the first major medal of her career, a silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and resumed her run of major finals. In the Olympic year of 2008 she struggled with her fitness in the early part of the season but her slightly controversial choice for the Olympic team was vindicated when she ran the fastest time of her career to win the bronze medal. Since Beijing she has been blighted by a succession of injuries and has raced barely a handful of times.

Personal Bests: 400 – 53.26 (1998); 400H – 54.02 (2003).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Athletics Women's 400 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 8
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 6
2008 Summer 30 Beijing Athletics Women's 400 metres Hurdles Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Women's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final 8 55.00 0,174 1
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 54.95 0,156 8
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Two 3 QC 55.68 0,160 3
2008 Summer 30 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Final 3 53.84 0.189 7
2008 Summer 30 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 54.31 0.262 4
2008 Summer 30 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Two 1 QU 55.19 0.174 6

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT ST
2000 Summer 22 Sydney Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 6 3:25.67 53,14 0,431