Briana Williams 'ready to shock people'

By July 10, 2018
Briana Williams is ready to face the challenge of winning a gold medal at the World U20 Championships in Finland. Briana Williams is ready to face the challenge of winning a gold medal at the World U20 Championships in Finland.

When the preliminary round of the women’s 100m gets underway inside the Ratina Stadium in Tampere, Finland on Wednesday morning, Jamaica’s Briana Williams will begin a campaign she has been preparing for all season.

The 16-year-old Jamaica will be the youngest in the field but the second fastest – at least on paper. Gold medal favourite, the USA’s Twanisha Terry, goes in with a personal best of 10.99s. Williams is second best, her 11.13s set in Florida in March, the fastest time ever run by a 15-year-old. The next best time in the field was 11.34s done by the USA's Daija Lampkin.

Since her record-setting run, Williams has won Carifta titles in the 100m and 200m, the Florida High School Championships and the Greater Southwest Classic in New Mexico.  She also took on two of the greatest sprinters in the sport’s history in Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the Racers Grand Prix and at the Jamaican National Championships, choosing to compete among the seniors in preparation for her moment in Tampere.

All that remains now is the goal that is clearly in sight – a gold medal in the blue ribbon sprint in Finland.

Her coach Ato Boldon believes she is ready.

“I’ve poured everything I have into her the last two weeks. She’s ready to shock people,” Boldon told SportsMax.TV.  And yes, it’s tough being the youngest in the field but she likes challenges.

You saw that in Kingston twice this year. Elaine and Shelly-Ann have no idea what they have done for Briana, because when you have held your own against the Olympic 100m champions, you’re aren’t afraid of anyone anymore.”

The lack of fear aside, Williams does have a significant hurdle to cross in the form of Terry, who Boldon describes as the ‘legit’. The American is quite capable at the 100, 200m and the 400m and Boldon believes Briana will have to uncork a personal best to defeat her.

“Honestly, I know Briana will have to PR to beat her,” he said.

But she is ready for that personal best and so far everything is looking good.

Training has been going well, he said, and she is feeling fit and ready.

“We have a scale that we use of how she feels.  She almost never says 10,” Boldon said on the eve of the campaign.

“Today she said 10, nothing wrong.”




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