17-y-o phenom Briana Williams savours running sub-11 seconds


17-y-o phenom Briana Williams savours running sub-11 seconds

Observer writer

Monday, June 24, 2019

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On Friday evening on a balmy evening with little or no wind, Briana Williams became the 15th Jamaican woman to run the 100m under 11.00 seconds when she streaked to a sublime 10.94 seconds for third place in the Women's Senior final at National Stadium.

The two athletes who got to the finishing line ahead of her — Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce —have combined for eight individual gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships.

Williams' time makes her the joint ninth-fastest ever for a Jamaican woman — not bad company for someone who just turned 17 years old this year. She is now primed to defend her IAAF World Under-20 sprint double title next year in Naiobi, Kenya.

She also broke the National Junior Record for the fourth time this year, set a World Youth Best and is the fourth- fastest ever by a junior at Under-20.

Veronica Campbell Brown's record 11.12 seconds, set at the IAAF Under-20 Championships in Chile in 2000, stood for 19 years but has taken a battering over the last six weeks, since May 4, and has been broken six times and taken down to 10.94 seconds.

“I am so happy to be a part of the 10.9 club,” the Florida-based Williamms gushed on Friday.

“I am so happy tonight. The plan — just to execute and get a great start. I did not get the start I wanted but I am glad I was able to deliver and place third, and I am happy.”

Running against the two Olympic champions, she said, was a gift.

“I was looking to the two Olympians to push me to run 10.9, and they did,” Williams noted.

Acknowledging the pressure on her to further lower the record, she said: “It meant a lot to break the record and to make the team at age 17...it is just amazing.”

Williams' coach, Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Ato Boldon, told the Jamaica Observer on Saturday that his charge will have a busy summer and could compete at the NACAC Under-18 in Mexico in the first week of July, and the Pan Am Juniors later in the month.

“Maybe Pan Am seniors, then likely Paris and Birmingham Diamond Leagues before turning attention to the IAAF World Championships in Doha later in the year,” he said

After the exertions on Friday, Boldon also said she had run despite not being fully fit.

“Briana Williams actually competed in yesterday's (Friday's) 100m semi and final with a pretty high fever. She's coming down with something, so we will seek a medical exemption for her in the 200m from JAAA this morning. She's out of the remainder of the Jamaican championships,” said Boldon.

She broke the Junior Record twice Friday evening as her 11.01 seconds in the semi-final was under the 11.02 seconds she ran at a meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hours after Kiara Grant ran 11.04 seconds at the NCAA Division 1 national championships in Austin, Texas, on June 8.

The saga started on May 4 when Grant ran 11.11 (1.5m/s) for second place at the MEAC Outdoors Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, one-hundredth of a second under Campbell Brown's record.

On June 1 Williams, who also holds the National Junior Record in the 200m (22.50 seconds), lowered the mark a further hundredth of a second when she won the event in 11.10 seconds (0.2m/s) at a meet held at Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida.

The top Jamaican women over the 100m are Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson (10.70 seconds), Merlene Ottey (10.74), Kerron Stewart (10.75), Veronica Campbell Brown (10.76), Sherone Simpson (10.82), Juliet Cuthbert (10.83), Tayna Lawrence (10.93), Schillionie Calvert/Briana Williams (10.94), Simone Facey (10.95), Natasha Morrison/Christania Williams (10.96), Carrie Russell (10.98) and Beverly McDonald (10.99).

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