Jamaica's Briana Williams tests positive for banned substance
Jamaica's Briana Williams tests positive for banned substance

Jamaica’s World U20 sprint double champion Briana Williams was in top form at JAC Open in Jacksonville, Florida on the weekend (1 June).

The 17-year-old Williams, who set a Jamaica junior record of 11.10 seconds in the 100m dash, returned minutes later to win the 200m in 22.95s (0.4m/s wind).

Leiya Green, running unattached, was a distant second in 26.14 while Maggie Hartman of Bartram Trail was third in 29.13.

Williams will now turn her attention to the altitude of Albuquerque, N.M. for the Great Southwest Classic, set for this weekend.

“I expect a lot of altitude (benefit), so hopefully to set a new PR and hopefully do my best in the 100 and the 200,” Williams was quoted. “I just hope to have a lot of fun and post great times.”


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@briana.nichole 22.95(0.4w) at today’s JAC Open in Jacksonville, Florida

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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.