'Excited' Danielle Williams only Caribbean winner in Doha

By May 03, 2019

Jamaica’s Danielle Williams was the only Caribbean winner at the Diamond League meeting in Doha on Friday.

Williams, who suffered a badly sprained ankle during her pre-season won the 100m hurdles in 12.66 seconds, beating the like of Breana McNeal and Shakira Nelvis in the process. She said she was excited by the win.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the outdoor season,” she told Sportsmax.TV following her surprise victory.

“I never knew what to expect for the first race but I focussed on executing each aspect of the race and I was able to come out with the win and injury free.”

Her injured ankle, she said, is on the mend but it continues to be a bother.

“Some days are good. Other days I have to strap it and bear the pain,” she said.

Nigeria's Tobi Amusan, the Commonwealth champion was second in 12.73 while Sharika Nelvis was third in 12.78.

Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn was fifth in 12.85s.

The meet was not as kind for Williams’ Caribbean colleagues.

St. Lucia’s Levern Spencer produced a season-best 1.88m which was only good enough for fifth in the women’s high jump. Yaroslava Mahuchikh of Ukraine won the gold medal with a personal best 1.96m.

There was a three-way tie for second between Bulgaria’s Mirela Demireva, Sweden’s Erika Kinsey and Croatia’s Ana Simic, who each cleared 1.91m.

Commonwealth Games champion Janieve Russell had to settle for fourth place in the 400m hurdles. Her time of 55.28s saw her finish behind the USA’s Dalilah Muhammad who ran a world-leading 53.61s, a meet record.

Ashley Spencer ran a season-best 54.72s for second place while Ukraine’s Anna Ryzhykova was third in 54.82.

Meanwhile, Natoya Goule found the pace too hot to handle this early in the women’s 800m won by South Africa’s Caster Semenya, who ran her last race before being subjected to the IAAF new regulations that will require her to take medication to reduce her elevated levels of testosterone.

She made full use of the opportunity winning in a world-leading 1:54.98, a meet record.

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba was a distant second in 1:57.75, a season-best, while US champion Ajee Wilson was third in 1:58.83.

Goule, who struggled early to keep pace with the pack, faded down the stretch to finish eighth in 2:00.96.

In the men’s 200m Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards had a sluggish start but closed strong to finish fourth in 20.21, 0.01 seconds behind Canada’s Aaron Brown who won the bronze medal. The race was won by reigning world champion Ramil Guliyev in 19.99s.

Alex Quinonez of Ecuador was second in 20.19s.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • What can we expect from Yohan Blake in Doha in September? What can we expect from Yohan Blake in Doha in September?
  • Omar McLeod confident new coach can lead him to World Champs glory Omar McLeod confident new coach can lead him to World Champs glory

    After only two weeks with Rana Reider’s Tumbleweed Track Club, 2017 World Champion, Omar McLeod is confident he is back on track to defend his world title at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

  • 'I feel ready to go again' - McLeod feels positive for Doha after coaching change 'I feel ready to go again' - McLeod feels positive for Doha after coaching change

    Jamaica world and Olympic champion Omar McLeod believes things are getting back to normal, following yet another chance in training regime.

    The 25-year-old had trained with Eldrick Floreal up until late 2018 but then moved to Gary Evans at Empire Athletics in Florida.  Tony Ross at World Fastest Humans was his hurdles coach.  The athlete has since struggled, however.  Before claiming the top spot in Birmingham on Sunday, McLeod won only two hurdles races and has a season-best time of 13.12s set at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai, China.

    The athlete is, however, rumored to have joined the Tumbleweed camp of elite coach Rana Reider in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month and seems to be in a better frame of mind.  On Sunday, at the Birmingham Diamond League meet, McLeod clocked 13.21, well clear of the United States’ Freddie Crittenden (13.31) and Xie Wenjun (13.43).  Following the win, the athlete admitted, the target was getting in shape for the World Championships.

    “It was pretty easy and felt good. It was nice to make up for what happened in London. I'm in a new environment with a new coach and I feel like I'm ready to go again,” McLeod said.


    “For Doha, I need to go there in the best possible shape and not been half-bothered about it. Anything can happen and I need to go there as defending champion and be ready to compete,” he added.
    “I have the Diamond League finals prior to Doha so I need to be ready for that.”

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.