2018 Rising Star nominee Briana Williams has Doha on her mind

By December 03, 2018
Briana Williams (right) having a good time with U20 60m hurdles record holder Tara Davis in Monaco. Briana Williams (right) having a good time with U20 60m hurdles record holder Tara Davis in Monaco.

IAAF World U20 sprint double champions Briana Williams is in Monaco for Tuesday’s IAAF Awards with Doha on Tokyo on her mind.

The precocious 16-year-old, who in August upset the odds in Tampere, Finland, to win the 100m and 200m, the latter in a championship record 22.50s, is in Monaco for the annual IAAF Awards ceremony.

She is among the five finalists for the 2018 Female Rising Star Award that honours the world’s best U20 athlete.

While there, she has been having a great time, enjoying rides in expensive Ferrari motorcars and rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s best track and field athletes.

Nevertheless, with all of this going on, Williams, who turns 17 next March, is already thinking about the 2019 World Championships in Doha and the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020 when she will be all of 18 years old.

“I think about Doha every day,” said Williams, who is coached by Olympic and World Championship medallist Ato Boldon.

 “I think about the Olympics, and being one of the youngest finalists there, and hoping I can be world or Olympic winner."

Williams, the Austin Sealy Award winner at the 2018 Carifta Games, will be up against American Sydney McLaughlin, Ethiopia’s Meseret Belete, Celliphine Chespol (KEN) and Meskerem Mamo of Ethiopia for the Rising Star Award.

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