Briana Williams back in the 200m at Carifta after schedule change

By April 19, 2019

Briana Williams is back in 200m at the 2019 Carifta Games which begins at the Truman Bodden Stadium in the Cayman Islands on Saturday following a change to the 200m schedule.

Changes were made, insiders said because there were not enough athletes to contest the event over three rounds because of what was a congested schedule, especially for athletes who are also competing in the 100m.

Williams, the 2018 Austin Sealy Award winner, withdrew from the 200m earlier this week because the  200m schedule included having the semi-finals and finals on the same day in contravention of the established international convention.

Head of Competition Darrel Rankine defended the schedule telling Sportsmax.TV that he sent the schedule out to the respective federations from December 2018. He suggested that the feedback he received did not include concerns over the scheduling for the 200m.

However, Dr Warren Blake, President of the JAAA, who Williams is representing, refuted Rankine’s claims but revealed that he had requested that they make adjustments the schedule.

Numerous phone calls to Rankine’s mobile phone went unanswered, but Williams’ coach, Ato Boldon, confirmed Friday that the schedule was changed and that Williams will now run the 100m, 200m, and the sprint relays for Jamaica in what will likely be her final Carifta Games.

Jamaica has won the Carifta Games every year since 1985.

 

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