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Demish Gaye

Born January 20, 1993, Demish Gaye hails from the parish of Manchester in Jamaica. Demish began his track and field career while at Knox High School. In 2014, he then attended G.C Foster where he specialized in the 200m sprint. Under the guidance of Coach Maurice Wilson, Demish changed his specialty to the 400m event and improved tremendously over two consecutive seasons. In 2016, Gaye was tipped to advance to the 400m finals at the National Senior Trials but was eliminated in the semi-finals. During the latter part of the 2016 season heading into the trials, Demish was exposed to the zika virus which hampered his ability to train and his performance ultimately suffered.

Making no mistake, Demish ran 20.48 seconds over 200 meters in March 2017, whereby he made a statement about his intentions for the season. At the Intercollegiate Championships in April 2017, he strolled to a modest 45.24 in the 400 meters, leaving all his competitors in the dust. On May 9 2017 at an all-comers meet, Demish ran his first sub-45 seconds event, an impressive 44.85 seconds in which he defeated the likes of Javon Francis and Delano Williams of Great Britain. As he continuously improved his performance, Demish again lowered his personal best at the Jamaica Invitational, finishing with a time of 44.71 seconds to defeat world and Olympic champions in his wake.

At the National Senior Trials, he ran a lifetime best of 44.69 seconds for second place behind Nathan Allen. This match-up was tipped to be the most exciting of the championships and it delivered something special. Demish competed in the 400m finals at his first global event and finished 6th in a lifetime best of 44.55 seconds.

IAAF World Championships (London, United Kingdom)

  • 400m–Finals 6th

IAAF World Relays

  • 4x400m –Bronze

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