False start: Briana Williams was not confirmed for Racers Adidas Grand Prix

By May 10, 2019

World U20 champion Briana Williams will not be racing at the Racers Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday, June 8, contrary to what was announced at the launch of the meet on Thursday.

At the launch of the fourth staging of the meet at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Glen Mills, the Chairman of the Organising Committee announced that the 17-year-old sprinter was down to compete over 100m against the likes of two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Commonwealth Games champion Michelle-Lee Ahye and Kelly-Ann Baptiste.

However, on Wednesday, the day before the Racers launch, Williams published her itinerary on Facebook Facebook.com/BrianaWilliamsJAM, which has her competing at the Greater Southwest Classic in New Mexico on the same day as the Racers Adidas meet.

She is down to run both the 100m and 200m at the meet.

Her coach Ato Boldon in confirming that Williams will not be competing in Jamaica before the National Championships from June 20-23, explained that the announcement by Mills came about because of a misunderstanding.

“Briana is going to run a lot of Racers meets in the future, just not this year,” Boldon said.

“Glen and I communicate often and we had talked about it in March but not since, so there was an assumption that she was coming but this is a deliberate move on my part to take Briana to a meet with less competition before the Jamaican championships. It will all make sense June 20-23.”

He said Mills was contrite about the mix-up.

 

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