CAC champ Jonielle Smith selected for 100m putting Briana Williams' trip to Doha in doubt

By September 26, 2019

2018 CAC 100m champion, Jonielle Smith has replaced Briana Williams in the Women’s 100m that begins on Saturday morning at the 2019 IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar.

Williams’ coach Ato Boldon confirmed that his athlete is out of the 100m.

As a result, there is some doubt as to whether she will actually travel to Doha, where, in all likelihood, she would be a member of the women’s 4x100m relay pool.

Smith, who was fourth at the Jamaica National Championships in June in a season-best 11.04, finished behind Williams whose time of 10.94s has now been struck from the records because of her doping violation.

Earlier today, Williams was handed a reprimanded without any period of eligibility following two days of hearings before an independent anti-doping disciplinary panel at the Eden Gardens Wellness Resorts and Spa in Kingston.

In response, her coach Ato Boldon had said that if she was allowed, Williams would run the 100m. However, with the naming of Smith as her replacement, those circumstances have now changed.

Boldon said, however, that Williams would decide if she still wants to do to Doha to compete as a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team.

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