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Marlon Ronald Devonish, MBE (born 1 June 1976 in Coventrymarker, Englandmarker) is an Englishmarker sprint athlete.

He is a member of the Coventry Godiva Harriers athletics club and is coached by Tony Lester. Early in his career he was successful at both 100 and 200 metre distances, winning English Schools and European Junior titles at both, but in recent years he has concentrated mostly on the longer distance. He has also been a regular member of both the British and, at the Commonwealth Games, English 4 x 100 metre sprint relay teams, to some considerable success. He is a current Commonwealth Games record holder in the relay event.

The most notable achievement of his career to date came at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athensmarker. There Devonish, along with Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell and Mark Lewis-Francis, won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 m. relay, where the quartet defeated the pre-race favourites, United Statesmarker team, by just 0.01 seconds, in a season's best of 38.07.

At the British Championships (and team trials for the 2006 European Championships) in July 2006, Devonish became the first man since Linford Christie in 1988 to win both the 100 m and 200 m races at the event. At the championship finals, he took the bronze medal in the 200 m.

Devonish retained his 100 m title at the British Championships the following year. For the 2007 season Devonish improved his performance in the 100 m with a new personal best and competed in this event at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka rather than the 200 m which he had previously specialised in. Devonish finished 6th in the 100 m final.

Devonish represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He competed at the 4x100 metres relay together with Simeon Williamson, Tyrone Edgar and Craig Pickering. In their qualification heat they were disqualified and eliminated. He also took part in the 200 metres individual, finishing first with a time of 20.49 seconds in his first round heat. With 20.43 seconds in his second round he only placed fourth in his heat, but his time was among the four best losing times and enough to qualify for the semi finals. There he came to 20.57 seconds and the seventh time in his race, which was not enough for the final.

He competed at the 2009 Manchester City Games, finishing second in the 150 metres final in 15.07 seconds. He was beaten by Usain Bolt who ran a world best-beating time.

On 22 August 2009, Devonish was a member of The Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland men’s 4x100m relay team team that took bronze at the IAAF World Championships in Berlinmarker with a season’s best of 38.02. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Simeon Williamson and Tyrone Edgar ran the other legs.


Competition record

Year Competition Venue Event Place
1995 European Athletics Junior Championships Nyiregyhazamarker, Hungary 100 m 1st
200 m 1st
1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpurmarker, Malaysia 4 x 100 m relay 1st
1999 European Cup Parismarker, France 4 x 100 m relay 1st
World Championships Sevillemarker, Spain 4 x 100 m relay 2nd
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchestermarker, England 200 m 2nd
4 x 100 m relay 1st
European Championships Munichmarker, Germany 200 m 3rd
2003 World Indoor Championships Birminghammarker, England 200 m 1st
2004 Summer Olympics Athensmarker, Greece 4 x 100 m relay 1st
2005 World Championships Helsinkimarker, Finland 4x100 m relay 3rd
2006 European Athletics Championships Gothenburgmarker, Sweden 200 m 3rd
4x100 m relay 1st
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 4x100 m relay 3rd

Personal bests

Distance Time Wind Location Date
100m 10.06 sec + 1.3 mps Lausannemarker 10 July 2007
200m 20.19 sec + 1.4 mps Manchestermarker 29 July 2002


  1. Athlete biography: Marlon Devonish,, ret: 29 August 2008
  2. Devonish storms to sprint double. BBC Sport (2006-07-16). Retrieved on 2009-05-13.
  3. Superb Bolt storms to 150m record. BBC Sport (2009-05-17). Retrieved on 2009-05-17.

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