Elated Williams hungry for more success
GLASGOW, Scotland — Kimberly Williams could not stop laughing on Tuesday night.
In addition, she screamed, she jumped, she ran, she waved and she danced to the throbbing reggae beat of Bob Marley's classic, One Love. The night belonged to her and she embraced it in every way she knew.
Winning a gold medal at a major athletics meet must be a big deal for someone to unleash such unbridled joy. And if there was any doubt about the significance of the achievement, she made sure it was quickly cast away.
Williams, the pleasant native of the rustic village of Danvers Pen, St Thomas, was in seventh heaven as she won her first senior gold at the triple jump at these Glasgow Commonwealth Games. And she did so in a season best 14.21 metres.
"I was happy, so that is one way I show that I am happy. I am excited, are you excited?" she asked, as she commented on her colourful celebrations.
At the medal ceremony, she flashed that generous smile for the world to see. Kimberly Williams has arrived on the big stage.
With a World Indoor Championship bronze medal earned in Sopot, Poland, this year, as her major achievement up to Tuesday night, Williams has finally made the step up. And she plans to keep climbing.
"I have a World Indoor bronze, so yes, this is my biggest achievement, and I am climbing the ladder, and next year I will see what happens as I plan to work hard and to be patient.
"It (ladder) goes very high, we have the Olympics and the World Championships and one day I want to be an Olympic champion," said the starry-eyed 25-year-old.
Though she was able to better the field, by her admission, there are kinks in her game that need to be addressed.
"I was relaxed and on the last jump I got it right, but there are some small things I need to work on. I need to be patient, drive my knees and keep the levers up," Williams said.
But coming here and winning gold was not by chance. It was her plan from day one.
"At the start of the year I said I wanted to come to the Commonwealth Games and win, and I didn't care what the distance was.
"And yes, I am pretty pleased with my performance," she said.
Silver went to England's Laura Samuel (14.09 metres) and Trinidad and Tobago's Ayanna Alexander claimed the bronze with a jump of 14.01 metres.