'New' Briana Williams wanted 7.19s in New York - Ato Boldon

By March 15, 2019

Claiming that Briana Williams is currently only operating at about 60 per cent of capacity, Coach Ato Boldon said she was not satisfied with her winning time in the 60m dash at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory in New York last weekend.

Williams, the 2018 World U20 100 and 200m champion, clocked a personal best 7.28s to walk away with her first title this season.

As she has travelled along the path of development, the soon-to-be 17-year-old speedster has demonstrated the characteristics that have defined her desire for success and a fearlessness that usually defines champions.

With that in mind, it was not surprising when Boldon revealed how she felt about her race.

“I was very satisfied. She wasn’t, initially,” he said.

“She wanted the high school record. She wanted to run 7.19. I explained to her that she has no idea what 7.1 rhythm is because she hasn’t run enough 60s, both this year and in her history.”

He explained why there was an initial difference of opinion about the performance.

“I saw her deficiencies from the first round. She was struggling with the blocks, which she wasn’t used to, and not starting particularly well,” Boldon said.

“Her confidence wasn’t there. She said she was more nervous for this final than the world under 20 final, which I completely understood. Everyone in the field looked sharper - some have been running indoors since December. December is when Briana started training.”

His gratification came from the realization that she could deliver a victory when she is not at her best, but just by sheer will.

“My satisfaction comes from the fact that she found a way to win anyhow. That’s the theme this year. “See the challenge and meet it, no matter what,” he said.

“7.28 for an opener is very good based on how early it is for her in training. She wanted to go to New York. I asked her if she wanted to do this meet in December and she said no, then a week before she said wanted to challenge herself.”

 Boldon continued: “She’s probably at a 6 in terms of readiness, which is fine given how late the (World) championships are. The fact that she’s rattling off good times given how behind she is, is encouraging. The come from behind win was gratifying because of how she did it.

 This is a new Briana, a mature Briana that can stay in her technique and find another gear when she has to. That is what you need to compete against grown women.”

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