Trinidadian coach Ato Boldon admits he was taken aback and somewhat surprised by sharp criticism that erupted from some T&T nationals regarding his coaching of Jamaica sprint double champion Briana Williams.

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.

Reigning Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson has offered words of encouragement to up and coming sprint sensation Briana Williams who recently accomplished a sprint double of her own.

Jamaica's Briana Williams stormed to victory in the 200m to collect her second sprint gold in less than 48 hours to sensationally cap her rise on the international stage. 

2018 World U20 100m champion Briana Williams cruised to an easy win in her semi-final heat on Friday to advance to the finals where she faces the dual American threat of Lauren Rain Williams and Jayla Kirkland.

Briana Williams, the World U20 100m champion, got her 200m campaign off the ground on Friday by winning her heat in 23.32s and looking like she has a lot more in store.

If this event plays out according to the form chart, the USA will be in a strong position to produce the first national 1-2 200m finish since Nigeria took gold and silver at the inaugural edition in 1986. 

Briana Williams’ composure under pressure made the difference in the finals of the Women’s 100m finals at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Thursday.

Briana Williams upset the gold medal favourite to win the 100m finals at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Thursday.

Jamaica's Briana Williams continued her impressive showing on Thursday in the semi-finals of the Women's 100m at the IAAF U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Running in wet conditions, the 16-year-old Jamaican, exploded from the blocks and cruised home in 11.25s to win the second of three semi-finals heats.

However, unlike in the preliminary round when she had the fastest time, Williams' time was only second best as Twanisha Terry, the American favoured for the gold medal, set a new championship record of 11.03s in winning the first of three semi-finals. It is the seventh fastest ever time run at the U20 level. The American, who has a personal best of 10.99, said her aim was to break the 11-second barrier at these championships and seems on course to achieve that goal.

Great Britain's Kristal Awauh secured her place in the final by winning the third semi-final in 11.37s and looks set to be on the podium after today's final.

TT's Jenea Spinks was third in 11.62 and Jamaica's Ockera Myrie 11.67, were third and fourth, respectively, and failed to advance to the final.

Sixteen-year-old Briana Williams threw down the gauntlet to medal favourite Twanisha Terry of the United States with an easy 11.28-second run to record the fastest time in the preliminaries of the 100m on Wednesday at the IAAF Under 20 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.

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