'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.

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