Lavern Eve

Laverne Eve (BAH) in Osaka qualifying(Bongarts) Laverne Eve (BAH) in Osaka qualifying(Bongarts)

Lavern Eve is one of the most successful Bahamian Track and Field athletes ever.

The Javelin National record holder has competed for the Bahamas for more than three decades.

Eve, who was an all around athlete at St. Augustine’s College, made her first national team in 1980 when she participated in the CAC Junior Championships, held in Nassau. Eve won the Under 17 Discus with a 35.16m (115’4”) performance. She was second in the Shot Put with a heave of 12.25m (40’2-1/2”).

She was presented with the Austin Sealy Award for the Most Outstanding Athlete of the 1982 Carifta Games in Kingston and the 1983 Games in Martinique.

The javelin specialist won the NCAA Championships while competing for LSU in 1988 and the USA Track and Field Championships in 1989.

At LSU Eve was coached by Dan Pfaff.

Later that year Eve became the first Bahamian to win an individual medal in the IAAF World Cup, winning the Bronze medal in the Javelin in Barcelona.

Lavern made her first World Championships team in Tokyo in 1991.

She captured the Javelin in the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.

At the Paris World Championships in 2003 she made her first World Championships final, finishing eighth.

Although she has dominated her event in the region, even defeating Cuban World record holder Osleidys Menendez, it was not until the Athens Olympics that Eve made an Olympic final. There she finished sixth.

That was nearly a quarter of a century after she first put on a Bahamian uniform for the 1980 CAC Junior Championships.

Eve competed in the 2005 Helsinki World Championships where she finished tenth.

She went “down under” in 2006 and earned the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

The lady from Fox Hill in The Bahamas also participated at the Osaka World Championships in 2007, where she had the most appearances in the championships by any athlete in the women’s javelin, eight.

She participated at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.

All told she participated in three Olympic Games and eight World Championships.

She has trained in the USA, Cuba, and Germany.

Her personal bests are:

Javelin- 63.73m (209’-3/4”) - 27th April 2000 Nashville- National Record

Shot Put- 15.82m (51’11”) - 23rd April 1994- Baton Rouge

Discus- 52.52m (172’4”) – 24th May 1990- Houston

Hammer Throw- 54.90m (180’1”) -1st May 1999- Athens, Georgia


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