Briana Williams withdraws from Jamaican championships citing illness

By June 22, 2019

Following her record-breaking performance in the 100m at Jamaica’s national championships on Friday night, Briana Williams has decided to withdraw from the remainder of the championships because of illness.

Williams, 17, broke Jamaica’s national junior record twice on Friday night – 11.01 in the semi-finals and 10.94s in the finals – while running a fever. Her mother Sharon told Sportsmax.TV that she was running a fever of 105 degrees prior to competing on Friday night.

With her spot on the national team to the IAAF World Championships in Doha secured, Williams has sought a medical exemption and will take no further part in the championships. She was down to compete in the 200 metres.

“I actually competed with a fever today,” Williams later confirmed in a Facebook post below a video of her history-making race.

“I’m getting sick, so I will seek a medical exemption for the 200m and chase a top-3 Jamaican time between now and Worlds to try to get a 200m spot as well. I won’t compete in the 2019 national championships any further. On to Doha! “

She was third in the 100m final on Friday night beaten by the fastest time in the world this year set by Jamaican Olympic gold medalists Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who were both timed in 10.73s.

Williams' withdrawal will rob patrons of a potentially another mouth-watering contest with Jamaica's two other female champions. Both Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have entered the 200m event that begins on Saturday.

 

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