Olympians Fraser-Pryce, Thompson, prepared Briana Williams to win gold

By July 17, 2018
Briana Williams heaped praise on Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for helping her become double world champion in Finland Briana Williams heaped praise on Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for helping her become double world champion in Finland

World U20 sprint double champion Briana Williams is revealing that her races against Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson in the lead up to the U20 championships in Tampere, Finland, helped her become the first Jamaican female to win double sprint titles since Veronica Campbell Brown in 2000.

 Williams, who at 16 was the youngest competitor in the sprints, upset the USA’s Twanisha Terry to win the 100m in 11.15s and the produced an even bigger surprise taking down American Lauren Rain Williams in the 200m while setting a new personal best and championship record of 22.50s.

Outside the coaching of her trusted coach Ato Boldon, Williams said the two veterans indirectly helped her achieve her goals.

“The races against Shelly and Elaine helped prepare me for this because they are senior athletes and I gained a lot of experience from them especially learning how to run under pressure,” she told SportsMax.TV.

Boldon decided to enter Williams in the 100m dash at the Racers Grand Prix on June 9 in Kingston. She finished third behind Fraser-Pryce and Jenna Prandini but ran well much to the delight of Boldon, who also opted to race her against the senior athletes at the Jamaican national championships later that month.

She was fifth there but the objective was achieved.

It is why she also credits Boldon for his wisdom and motivation on her way to the titles in Tampere.

“My coach has had such an impact on my development this season because he has always been there, especially for my biggest competition of the year and especially when he tells me that he knows when I’m going to PR.”

 

 

 

 

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