Briana Williams withdraws from Bob Hayes Classic

By March 12, 2019

Briana Williams has pulled out of this weekend’s Bob Hayes Classic in Jacksonville, Florida, just days after she won the 60m dash in a personal best 7.28 seconds at the New Balance Indoor Nationals on Sunday.

Her coach Ato Boldon said the decision to withdraw the soon-to-be 17-year-old Williams was down to a combination of bad weather forecast for the meet and advice from her physiotherapist following her win in New York.

The Bob Hayes Classic was where Williams became the fastest 15-year-old female in history when she clocked 11.13s breaking Marion Jones’ near 20-year-old record of 11.19. It was a performance that kick-started a spectacular season for the rising Jamaican star, who closed her 2018 season with a pair of gold medals at the IAAF U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland last August.

Looking back at her 60m win in New York on Sunday, Williams said that in addition to winning, she learned some valuable lessons.

“The New Balance Indoor Nationals was my first time running a 60m in a couple of years, so I had to get used to running a short distance, but I also had lots of fun with the race,” she told Sportsmax.TV. “The 60m showed me how quick you have to get out of your blocks and if you don’t it will be challenging. But I’m glad I came there and PR’ed and I will definitely look into coming back next year.”

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.