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We can beat 'em!

Shericka Williams consumed with desire to defeat Americans at World Relays

Howard Walker Observer Senior Reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, April 27, 2014    

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Having played second and third fiddle to the United States of America in the women's 4x400m relay for years, Jamaica's 2008 Olympic 400m silver medallist Shericka Williams believes the Americans can be beaten at the World Relays set for the Bahamas next month.

Williams, 28, has been a part of Jamaica's mile-relay teams that placed second behind the Americans at the World Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2009. They were third at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, but Williams strongly believes if her teammates play their part, that US dominance will be broken.

"We always have a side to break it, but most times they don't put it together properly or something to that sort," she told the Jamaica Observer prior to departing for the Penn Relays where she will get a chance at the powerful Americans.

"When we go to championships people have different issues with everybody focusing on their individual race and don't have any time to focus on relays," Williams revealed.

"But I mean, we do have a good team because we have young upcoming athletes and we still have Novlene (Williams-Mills) and Stephanie McPherson coming up, so if everybody go out there and do what they have to do, US is always there to be beaten. They are not superhuman they can be beaten," she reiterated.

Beating the USA would be nice but first of all, Williams, who has a personal best of 49.69 seconds over the 400m, is hoping to return to that kind of form that saw her win silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics behind Englishwoman Christine Ohuruogu in 49.62 and ahead of Jamaica-born American Sanya Richards-Ross with 49.93 seconds.

"Training has been going OK. I have been training really well and I am expecting to do really well this year. I have changed up a lot of stuff during my training because last year wasn't a good year for me," she pointed out.

"I was out of it totally. I had injuries and my body was just not responding and I think I needed some rest. So, I took the rest and changed up my training, so hopefully 2014 will be a good year," said Williams.

Williams, or 'Wire', as she is affectionately called because of her wiry frame and height, will be part of Jamaica's team at the prestigious Penn Relays as she warms up, but remains optimistic that she can do well to be a part of the team at the inaugural World Relays set for May 24 and 25 in The Bahamas.

"I am looking forward to it and hopefully I will be quick enough so Jamaica can pick me on their side. But I have a few races before the World Relays and hopefully I can get my time down so they can pick me," said the former St Elizabeth Technical High School student.

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