Tasha Danvers

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Club:Shaftesbury Barnet
Age Group:V40
Lead Coach:Malcolm Arnold2011-
Previous Lead:Darrell Smith2002-2010
Previous Lead:John Smith2000-2002
Previous Lead:Judy Vernon-2000

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Domestic Championships Record
1993 – ESAA Championships 300m hurdles gold
1995 – AAA U20 Championships 100m hurdles gold
1996 – AAA U20 Championships 100m hurdles gold
1998 – AAA Championships gold
1999 – AAA Championships bronze
2000 – AAA Championships gold
2002 – Commonwealth Games Trials 400m hurdles gold, 100m hurdles silver, AAA Championships gold
2006 – AAA Championships gold
2007 – Norwich Union World Champs Trials 400m hurdles gold
2008 – Olympic Trials 100m hurdles bronze, 400m hurdles silver

Major Championships and International Highlights
2008 - Olympic Games 400mh bronze
2007 - World Championships 400mh 8th
2006 - European Championships 400mh 7th. Commonwealth Games 400mh silver. European Cup 400mh gold
2003 - World Championships 400mh 6th sf, 4x400m 6th
2002 - European Championships 400mh 7th. Commonwealth Games 400mh 7th
2001 - World Championships 400mh 4th, 4x400m 5th. World University Games 400mh gold, (4x400m silver)
2000 - Olympic Games 400mh 8th, 4x400m 6th
1999 - World Championships 1999 6th ht 400m hurdles. World University Games 400mh 5th, (4x400m bronze). European U23 Championships 400mh gold
1998 - European Championships 6th. Commonwealth Games 400mh 5th
1996 - World Junior Championships 100mh 6th
1995 - European Junior Championships 100mh silver

Tasha first contested the 400m hurdles seriously in 1997 when she went to the University of Southern California. She has been primarily based in Los Angeles, USA since, where she is coached by her husband Darrell Smith. Since giving birth to her son Jaden in December 2004, Danvers has been consistently one of the best hurdlers in the world, having made every final she has contested.

Having stepped up from the 100m hurdles to the 400m hurdles, Danvers made the Commonwealth Games final in 1998 and the Olympic final in 2000 but the majority of her success has come in recent seasons. Having made the Commonwealth Games finals in 1998 and 2002, Danvers finally made the podium in 2006, winning the silver medal behind Australia’s Jana Rawlinson and at the European Championships, Danvers again made the final, finishing seventh.

In 2007, Danvers’ form prior to the World Championships was consistently solid but the American-based Brit was not the running times, which would have suggested she would have made the final in Osaka, but in the semi-final, Danvers lowered her season’s best from 55.23 to 54.08 to make the final, where she finished eighth.

Danvers’ build-up to the Olympic Games was very disrupted and once again, the Shaftsbury Barnet athlete appeared out of sorts and there was some controversy over her selection, as she was second at the Olympic Trials behind Perri Shakes-Drayton, but the experienced competitor completely justified her selection, breezing through her opening heat, before placing second in her semi-final in another season’s best of 54.31 and in the final, Danvers ran an aggressive race and did not stutter over the final two flights of hurdles, as she finished strongly to take the bronze medal in a lifetime best of 53.84.

She maintained her form on the European circuit post Olympics, finishing in the top three in Gateshead, Lausanne, Rieti and Zagreb.

2009 started off well and she topped the PofTen rankings before injury cut short her season. The 2010 season started late and only amounted to one race before curtailing her season once again through injury. 2011 also followed much the same pattern with only one outing.

Tasha is also an abstract artist and has had a motivational book published. Her father Don Danvers was English Schools Intermediate 100m hurdles champion in 1970.

Best known performances

Performances Submit
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

2010 SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
400HW56.444Reims, FRAMeeting Alma Athlé Tour de Reims30 Jun 10
2009 SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
8002:08.671Cerritos CA, USACalifornia Relays21 Mar 09
8002:12.58i4h3SheffieldAviva Indoor Trials & UK Trials14 Feb 09
100HW13.391.11CardiffUKA Super 810 Jun 09
400HW55.191New York NY, USAReebok Grand Prix30 May 09
400HW56.443Osaka, JPNIAAF Grand Prix9 May 09
400HW57.156Kingston, JAMJamaica International2 May 09
2008 SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
40052.8922Westwood CA, USARafer Johnson / Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational12 Apr 08
8002:06.251Walnut CA, USABen Brown Invitational8 Mar 08
8002:06.461Irvine CA, USASteve Scott Invitational4 May 08
8002:07.771Cerritos CA, USACalifornia Relays22 Mar 08
100HW13.25-0.53Walnut CA, USAMt. SAC Relays20 Apr 08
100HW13.270.021Westwood CA, USARafer Johnson / Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational12 Apr 08
100HW13.360.83BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. Olympic Trials13 Jul 08
100HW13.391Cerritos CA, USACalifornia Relays22 Mar 08
100HW13.39-2.51h2Cerritos CA, USACalifornia Relays22 Mar 08
100HW13.46-1.51h3BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. Olympic Trials13 Jul 08
400HW53.843Beijing, CHNOlympic Games20 Aug 08
400HW54.312s1Beijing, CHNOlympic Games18 Aug 08
400HW54.671Zagreb, CROHanzekovic Memorial9 Sep 08
400HW54.793Lausanne, SUIAthletissima 20082 Sep 08
400HW55.191h2Beijing, CHNOlympic Games17 Aug 08
400HW55.252Rieti, ITARieti Grand Prix7 Sep 08
400HW55.334Shanghai, CHNGolden Grand Prix20 Sep 08
400HW55.613GatesheadAviva Grand Prix31 Aug 08
400HW55.912Walnut CA, USAMt. SAC Relays20 Apr 08
400HW56.665Bydgoszcz, POLTamex Cup1 Jul 08
400HW56.751Eagle Rock CA, USAOccidental Invitational10 May 08
400HW57.002BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. Olympic Trials12 Jul 08
400HW57.067Annecy, FRASpar European Cup21 Jun 08
400HW58.408Stuttgart, GERIAAF World Athletics Final14 Sep 08
400HW59.141h1BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. Olympic Trials11 Jul 08
2007 SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
40053.422Eagle Rock CA, USAOXY Invite12 May 07
400HW54.082s1Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships28 Aug 07
400HW54.852Shanghai, CHNGolden Grand Prix28 Sep 07
400HW54.948Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships30 Aug 07
400HW55.032Rieti, ITAIAAF Grand Prix9 Sep 07
400HW55.234Eugene OR, USAIAAF Grand Prix, Prefontaine Classic10 Jun 07
400HW55.312Don ValleyNorwich Union British Grand Prix15 Jul 07
400HW55.382Rovereto, ITAQuercia EAA Meeting12 Sep 07
400HW55.431SportcityNorwich Union British Championships inc. World Trials29 Jul 07
400HW55.601Crystal PalaceNorwich Union Super Grand Prix3 Aug 07
400HW55.673h1Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships27 Aug 07
400HW55.767Stuttgart, GERIAAF World Athletics Final23 Sep 07
400HW55.861Vaasa, FINEuropean Cup First League23 Jun 07
400HW55.998Paris, FRAIAAF Golden League6 Jul 07
400HW56.321h1SportcityNorwich Union British Championships inc. World Trials28 Jul 07
400HW56.405Ostrava, CZEIAAF Grand Prix, 46th Zlata Tetra - Golden Spike27 Jun 07
400HW56.422Glasgow (S)Norwich Union Classic3 Jun 07
2006 SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
400HW54.822BirminghamNorwich Union International19 Aug 06
400HW54.851GatesheadBritish Grand Prix11 Jun 06
400HW55.143s2Gothenburg, SWEEuropean Championships8 Aug 06
400HW55.172Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games23 Mar 06
400HW55.235Stuttgart, GERWorld Athletics Final9 Sep 06
400HW55.262Crystal PalaceNorwich Union London Grand Prix28 Jul 06
400HW55.273Rethymno, GREVardinoyiannia21 Jul 06
400HW55.403Ostrava, CZEGolden Spike Iaaf Grand Prix30 May 06
400HW55.471h1Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games22 Mar 06
400HW55.567Gothenburg, SWEEuropean Championships9 Aug 06
400HW55.581SportcityNorwich Union European Trials inc AAA Championships16 Jul 06
400HW55.642h3Gothenburg, SWEEuropean Championships7 Aug 06
400HW55.651Malaga, ESPEuropean Cup28 Jun 06
400HW55.791Prague, CZEJosef Odlozil Memorial5 Jun 06
400HW55.881SportcityUK Challenge Final27 Aug 06
400HW55.921Melbourne, AUSTelstra Grand Prix9 Mar 06
400HW56.292Hengelo, HOLThales Fanny Blankers-Koen Games28 May 06
400HW56.707Shanghai, CHIGolden Grand Prix23 Sep 06
400HW58.281h4SportcityNorwich Union European Trials inc AAA Championships15 Jul 06
2005 SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
40056.201Los Angeles, USA-11 Jun 05
400HW57.6931LoughboroughLEAP16 Jul 05
400HW57.721h1SportcityAAA Championships inc. Senior Invitation9 Jul 05
400HW58.306SportcityAAA Championships inc. Senior Invitation10 Jul 05
2003 SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
40053.7846San Diego CA, USA-22 Mar 03
400L52.48L4Saint-Denis (SF), FRAWC31 Aug 03
100HW12.961.94Stanford CA, USAInv7 Jun 03
400HW54.022Rome, ITAIAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE, Rome11 Jul 03
400HW54.321Zagreb, CROHanzekovic7 Jul 03
400HW55.487s1Paris, FRAIAAF World Championships25 Aug 03
400HW56.024h2Paris, FRAIAAF World Championships24 Aug 03
2002 SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
400HW56.554h1Munich, GEREuropean Championships7 Aug 02
400HW56.937Munich, GEREuropean Championships8 Aug 02
2001 SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
400L51.97L3Edmonton, CANWC12 Aug 01
400H56.364h3Edmonton, CANIAAF World Championships5 Aug 01
400HW54.941Beijing, CHIFISU Summer Universiade31 Aug 01
400HW55.701s2Beijing, CHIFISU Summer Universiade30 Aug 01
400HW57.261h3Beijing, CHIFISU Summer Universiade30 Aug 01
2000 SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
30037.803Gold Coast (S), AUS-15 Sep 00
400L53.14L1Sydney, AUSOlympic Games30 Sep 00
400HW54.953s1Sydney, AUSOlympic Games25 Sep 00
400HW55.008Sydney, AUSOlympic Games27 Sep 00
400HW55.683h2Sydney, AUSOlympic Games24 Sep 00
1999 U23 Croydon
100HW12.8w1Las Vegas NV, USA-3 Apr 99
400HW55.751Tempe AZ, USAPac1022 May 99
400HW55.755Palma de Mallorca, ESPFISU Summer Universiade10 Jul 99
400HW55.803s1Palma de Mallorca, ESPFISU Summer Universiade9 Jul 99
400HW56.001Gothenburg, SWEEC-2330 Jul 99
400HW56.001Gothenburg, SWEEuropean U23 Championships30 Jul 99
400HW56.226h1Seville, ESPIAAF World Championships22 Aug 99
400HW56.531h2Palma de Mallorca, ESPFISU Summer Universiade9 Jul 99
400HW57.642h3Gothenburg, SWEEuropean U23 Championships29 Jul 99
1998 U23 Croydon
40053.261WatfordSouth of England Championships21 Jun 98
400L52.7L3Budapest, HUNEuropean Championships22 Aug 98
100HW13.20-0.32Los Angeles (Ww) CA, USA-2 May 98
400HW55.694GatesheadBupa19 Jul 98
400HW56.395Kuala Lumpur, MASCommonwealth Games18 Sep 98
400HW57.196h3Budapest, HUNEuropean Championships19 Aug 98
HJ1.822Stanford CA, USAPac1024 May 98
1997 U23 Croydon
400HW56.84Seattle WA, USA-25 May 97
400HW58.704h1Turku, FINEuropean U23 Championships11 Jul 97
1996 U20 Croydon
60HW8.32i1h2Lievin, FRAvFRA,GER,ITA-202 Mar 96
100HW14.006Sydney, AUSIAAF World U20/Junior Championships25 Aug 96
1995 U20 Croydon
100HW13.451.81Belfort, FRAvFRA,Bene-206 Aug 95
100HW13.46-1.22Nyiregyhaza, HUNEuropean Junior Championships28 Jul 95
100HW13.72-2.01h2Nyíregyháza, HUNEuropean Junior Championships27 Jul 95
1994 U17 Croydon
100HW13.76w3.41HendonIA-2027 Aug 94
300HW42.201h1BirminghamAAA Age Group Championships31 Jul 94
1993 U17 Croydon
60HW8.62i1Lievin, FRARep21 Feb 93
100HW13.880.81Caprino, ITAvITA,HUN-2028 Aug 93
300HW41.991BlackpoolESAA English Schools' Championships10 Jul 93
Total Performances: 119
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