Briana Williams wins 200m at World U20 Championships 2018
Briana Williams wins 200m at World U20 Championships 2018

TAMPERE, Finland – Jamaica’s Briana Williams was in stunning form on Saturday. The 16-year-old ran a Champion Record 22.50 seconds to become the World U20 200m champion.

Her mark, which bettered Bahamian Anthonique Strachan’s 2012 championship record of 22.53, completed an impressive sprint double. Strachan also won the sprint double in 2012.

Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown in 2000 and Bulgaria’s Tezdzhan Naimova in 2006 are the other double winners.

Williams’ 20.50 is a Jamaican junior record. The mark erased the 22.71 Simone Facey ran to win at Champs in 2004. It also bettered the 22.72 Jamaica Youth record done by Kevona Davis at Champs 2018.

On the world scale, Williams’ time is the fifth fastest ever by a youth and 21st best by a junior. American Allyson Felix’s world junior record is 22.18, set back in 2004 at the age of 19.

Drawn in lane three, Williams, who had the fifth-best reaction time, covered the field very early. She pulled away down the straight leaving the chasing pack no chance.

“It feels great,” said Williams, who had six races in four days. “I am still surprised about the time, but I’m just glad I came out and did what Veronica Campbell-Brown did in 2000.”

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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