DEVONISH Marlon < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 01 Jun 1976 in Coventry, ENG
Height1.80 m
Weight 76 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Bath, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Humanities - Coventry University, Warwick University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up athletics at age 16.
Why this sport? His sports teacher at high school suggested he visit the local track in Coventry.
Club / Team Coventry Godiva Harriers : Coventry, ENG
Name of coach Tony Lester
Coach from which country? England
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 1994
Competing for Great Britain
Location Poland
General Interest
Nicknames Marley, Marlis. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Hobbies Music, DJing. (marlondevonish.co.uk, 31 Jul 2008)
Most influential person in career British sprinter Linford Christie. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Hero / Idol US sprinter Michael Johnson. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Injuries A hamstring injury hampered his performance at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. (cwn.org.uk, 27 Sep 2000)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Impossible is nothing." (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Awards and honours He was awarded an MBE [Member of the Order of the British Empire] in the 2005 New Year Honours List for his services to athletics. (BBC Sport, 31 Dec 2004)

In 2003 he was awarded with an Honorary Degree of Master of Arts from Coventry University for his outstanding services to athletics and the reputation of Coventry. (coventry.ac.uk, 13 Nov 2003)

He is an ambassador for the British 'Super Schools' initiative. (superschoolswales.com, 31 Dec 2008)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (thepodiummagazine.com, 2011)
Other information MANAGING HAYFEVER
He receives clearance from the IAAF to use medication that controls his hayfever. "Because I'm so allergic to the pollen in the air it causes my chest to tighten when I run, so if I don't manage my hayfever carefully it can seriously affect my performance on the track." (nhs.uk, 12 Sep 2007)