Briana Williams, the Jamaica National Championships
Briana Williams, the Jamaica National Championships

Briana Williams, the 2018 sprint double world U20 champion, has joined the sub-11 sprint club. For the second day running, the Jamaican lowered her own national junior record in the 100m.

On Sunday (30 May), Williams, competing at the JAC Summer Open meeting, ran 11.01 seconds, shaving 0.01 off her own record set in 2019 at the Great Southwest Classic in New Mexico.

Williams returned Monday (31 May) against stiffer competition to run 10.98 at the Duval County Challenge in Jacksonville, Florida.

She managed to arrive in time for the race as her competitors were already behind their blocks. “I am glad I got there back in time,” she said.

The Ato Boldon-coached young sprinter was impressive from start to finish. She got a decent start and was timed in 4.45secs at the 40-metre mark, an effort that gave her US$5,000. Williams showed terrific top-end speed, closing out the race in style.

Americans Mikiah Brisco, 11.09 and Dezerea Bryant, 11.14 were left in her wake. Another American Gabby Thomas, who registered a wind-assisted 10.94 (+2.5m/s) in the prelims, did not start the final. Earlier, Williams was was runner-up to Thomas in her heat with 10.97.

Williams was asked about her mindset going into races with so many good athletes; she replied: “Just to focus on my form.”
“I know Trials is going to be tough. I am going to continue to work, the work is not done, and I am just looking forward to making that (Jamaica Olympic Games) team in the 100m and 200m.

Ronnie Baker ran 9.99 to win the men’s 100m final, just ahead of Yohan Blake, 10.09.

In the 100m heats, Blake ran 10.05 (+3.6m/s wind) and Baker, 9.91 (+3.1m/s).

Jamaica’s Senoj-Jay Givans won the B 100m in 10.26 ahead of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Jason Rogers, 10.29.

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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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