'Not normal' Briana Williams will be faster for Worlds - Boldon

By June 25, 2019

Ato Boldon believes Briana Williams is a special talent that could have gone faster last Friday night and he expects her to be even faster at the World Championships in Doha this year.

Jamaica is still buzzing about the 17-year-old Williams, who was third in the women’s 100m final at the Jamaican national senior championships held last weekend at the National Stadium in Kingston. She ran a World Youth best of 10.94, which was also a national junior record and a personal best for the precocious teen from Florida.

It was also a USA high school record.

The 2018 World U20 100m and 200m champion told Sportsmax.TV that running against Olympic champions Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who both posted times of 10.73s, the fastest time in the world this year, pulled her to her first sub-11 clocking.

However, Boldon, her ever-demanding coach said she could have been even better.

“I thought she’d go faster. I am dead serious, the coach is never happy. She said she had a misstep somewhere in the race,” he said while sounding a warning that she will be even better when it matters later this year.

“We’re glad that we got third but she is not getting ready for June, she’s getting ready for September. This is only her fifth race of the year so she is on the same schedule as Shelly and Elaine, she is very early into her racing.”

Boldon, who has been coaching Briana before she became a teenager said he still marvels at the talent and her mentality.

“I said it to you last year in Finland, she is not normal,” he said, conceding that he had nothing to do with the gifts she possesses.

“She came to me like this. I didn’t create this, so when you see it you have to enhance it, control it; she wants to run everywhere, but she has a very bright future.

“The pressure I feel is that I feel like I have been given a diamond and I have to make sure I keep polishing it.”

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