Williams undecided over Carifta sprint double

Friday, April 12, 2019

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With her main rivals, Kevona Davis and Ashanti Moore both missing from the Carifta Trials, Jamaica's American-based sprint sensation, Briana Williams took full advantage of the opportunity to secure the 100m and 200m double last weekend.

The trials may have been too soon for the liking of Davis, Moore and their coaches, after the gruelling five-day ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships. As such, it will be left up to Williams to ensure that Jamaica remains a dominant force in the Girls' Under-20 sprints at the regional games.

Williams, who first represented the island at the Carifta Games last year in the Under-17 category will be aiming to replicate her form in the the Under-20 category this time around.

Last year, Williams won triple gold, clocking a championship record of 11.27 for the 100m, then a personal best 23.11 in the 200m and later assisted the 4x100m relay team to victory in a championship record of 44.95.

Despite not running a personal best in the 100m as she had targeted for the trials, Williams was pleased with her performances over the weekend.

“It was a great one and I am so glad that I came out here and finished injury free and that I am healthy as well. (I am) not really (happy with my times) but despite the headwinds, I think I still came out here and did my best,” she assured.

The Carifta Trials represented the first competitive action of the year for the 17-year-old athlete, who came to the event with specific aims.

Her winning times of 11.67s and 23.26s for the 100m and 200m, respectively, qualifies her to run both races at Carifta, but it still uncertain if the Ato Boldon-conditioned athlete will do just that next weekend.

“I wanted to work on my drive phase, especially for the 100m because it was my first race for the season yesterday in the prelims. I really didn't do a great start, but I am still happy. I am not sure yet (about the double), I will have to go over it with my coach and we will find out at Carifta,” Williams noted.

While running at the Carifta Games is a great way to start her competitive season, Williams has much bigger things in mind to close 2019.

“My main target is to go to the Jamaica trials for the World Championships and hopefully to make the team,” she revealed.

However, in order to achieve that dream, the World Under-20 sprint double champion will have to gain selection from among the likes of Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, World and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as well other Olympians, such as Natasha-Morrison, Sherone Simpson and Shasha-Lee Forbes.

— Dwayne Richards

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