'World Class' Briana Williams wins Austin Sealy Award at 2018 Carifta Games

By April 02, 2018
Briana Williams, the fastest 15-year-old ever over 100m collects the Austin Sealy Award for her outstanding performances at the Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas on Monday. Briana Williams, the fastest 15-year-old ever over 100m collects the Austin Sealy Award for her outstanding performances at the Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas on Monday.

Ato Boldon, coach of Briana Williams, the three-time 2018 Carifta Games gold medalist, was full of praise for the sprinter who on Monday was presented with the Austin Sealy Award for her standout performances at the Games held in Nassau, Bahamas.

The award is presented to the athlete adjudged the most outstanding, either in terms of record accomplishment, or quality of performance as compared to other top medalists at the Carifta Games. She is the first Jamaican to win the award since Yohan Blake in 2007.

Williams, who turned 16 on March 21, won gold in the 100m for under 17 girls in a new Carifta record of 11.27s. She was also the lead-off runner of Jamaica’s sprint relay team that won gold in a new record of 44.95s on Sunday. Then on Monday, she ran away from the field to win the u17 girls’ 200m final in 23.11s, her third gold medal of the meet.

Boldon, who has been guiding Williams’ career for the past three years said she is rapidly fulfilling her potential as a potential world-class athlete.

“I’m thrilled for her,” said Boldon shortly after Williams received her award Monday evening from Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Minnis.

“Last year, she left Carifta with one bronze but we knew we’d be back. She’s a different athlete this year - a year older in age, but she’s grown as an athlete by leaps and bounds. She’s close to world class.”

On Saturday, March 17 Williams won the 100m at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida in 11.13s, a world age group records for 15-year-olds. In doing so, she broke a 27-year-old record of 11.17s set by Marion Jones in 1991.

 

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