Hurdler Williams sets sights on great 2021 track season


Hurdler Williams sets sights on great 2021 track season

Observer writer

Saturday, May 16, 2020

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World Championships sprint hurdles gold medallist Danielle Williams has taken the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games in stride and is already looking ahead to next year when she hopes the globe's biggest sporting event will be held, calling the 2020 track and field season “a year off”.

Williams has pulled the plug on the 2020 season that has been ravaged by the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic.

“After a while it became the necessary option,” she said about the International Olympic Committee finally postponing the Olympic Games that were set to start in July and conclude in August this year.

“People were calling for its postponement and, with the other sporting bodies also postponing their events, we kind of expected that would have been the outcome.”

Williams had a brilliant 2019 campaign, winning the Diamond League title, taking third in the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and finishing the season with the best mark of 12.32 seconds, a national record and the seventh fastest of all times in the 100m hurdles.

“I don't feel any way about [the Olympics being pushed back],” she said. “I think that essentially everybody has a year off, and everybody would be excited and ready to go next year when it goes off — hopefully it will go off,” the former Alpha Academy and Johnson C Smith standout said.

Personal best performances in the 60m hurdles (7.86 seconds), the 200m metres (23.12 seconds), and the 300m (37.21 seconds) appeared to be setting up Williams — the 2015 World Champion — for a big 2020 season.

“For me, it wasn't necessarily a bad thing or a good thing. I feel like I was in great shape; this indoor season was the first time I have competed indoors in three seasons. I wasn't injured; I have been injured for the past three seasons during the period of the indoors season, and I was able to compete, and I felt like I was in great shape, but it just wasn't to be so. [I'm] looking forward to 2021 and all the meets that are upcoming next year and, hopefully, I can have a great year as well,” she said.

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