Williams achieves Olympic 'A' qualifying mark

Williams achieves Olympic 'A' qualifying mark

P Reid

Monday, May 07, 2012

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WITH the Olympic 'A' qualifying standard achieved, Jamaica's Kimberly Williams is preparing to challenge for a medal at the Games in London.

On Saturday, the former Vere Technical and Florida State University All-American athlete leapt to a personal best 14.33m to win the women's triple jump at the Jamaica National Jamaica International Invitational Meet at the National Stadium.

The distance surpassed the Olympic 'A' standard of 14.30m and secured Williams' place on the Olympic team. The mark was just outside the meet record of 14.34m set in 2006 by Trecia Smith.

Williams surpassed her personal best 14.25 set at least year's staging, and told the Jamaica Observer that while she was happy for the results, "I think I can do better and there is more to be achieved".

The distance made Williams the fourth best in the world so far this year, behind Colombia's Caterine Ibargüen (14.95) set at altitude and Cubans Dailenys Alcántara (14.41), and former world champion Yargeris Savigne (14.35).

Yesterday, Ayana Alexander was second with 13.69, while Whitney Liehr was third with 13.18.

Williams, who jumped 14.19 at a meet in Guadeloupe on Tuesday, was fifth at the IAAF World Championship in Istanbul in March.

She said despite her best ever performance, she "needs to go back to the drawing board" as while she is improving, the pace is still too slow.

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