Jamaica junior sprinter Briana Williams took plenty of confidence from a maiden win in the High School Girls' Dream 100m at the Boost Boston Games on Sunday.

 Briana Williams’ loss in the 200m to her main rival Tamari Davis on the weekend, was a wake-up call for the talented young sprinter that she needs improve significantly over the half-lap sprint.

United States up and coming sprint talent Tamari Davis admits that revenge was a major motivational factor in a sensational run to get the better of Jamaica’s Briana Williams in the  Florida High School Track & Field State Championships 200m final on Saturday.

Jamaican Briana Williams was no match for Tamari Davis when the two met in the 200-metre final at the Florida High School Track & Field State Championships inside the University of North Florida Hodges Stadium on Saturday.

Jamaica’s Briana Williams passed the test of getting the better of her biggest rival in the United States, Tamari Davis.

All is set for an intriguing final day of the Florida State High School Championship when Jamaica’s Briana Williams goes up against Tamari Davis in the finals of both the 100m and 200m.

Jamaica’s junior sprint star, Briana Williams, faces her first big test of the season this coming weekend when she races at the Florida High School State Championships at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida.

The awards just keep rolling in for Jamaica’s newest sprint sensation Briana Williams.

In March, the Florida-based teen became the fastest 15-year-old of all time over the 100m courtesy of her 11.13s run at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville. She followed that up with three gold medals – 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay – at the 2018 Carifta Games in the Bahamas and claimed the coveted Austin Sealy Award as the meet’s most outstanding athlete.

On Saturday, at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, she picked up another award and she wasn’t even competing.

The United States Congresswoman Yvette Clarke presented the talented teen with the Certificate of Special Recognition in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community for her standout performances as a young athlete.

“It was a great feeling and everyone else was watching knowing it was a big thing here, so I was happy,” said Williams, who revealed that she had no idea that she was down to receive the award.

No, I didn’t know. They told me to sit down and that they are going to have a presentation then my name was called, but I never knew.”

Sharon Simpson, Williams’ mother, was a proud mom on Saturday watching her daughter receive the honour.

“I was filled with joy for her seeing that she was being recognized at this level and I thank Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) for reaching out and making this happen for her,” Simpson said. “I was happy for her because she works very hard and it wasn’t expected. It was really a surprise. Wow. I was in awe.”

Irwin Clare of Team Jamaica Bickle made the request to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke that the US-born Williams receive the honour at the Penn Relays seeing that she had planned to attend.

“This was a request by me on behalf of TJB. This serves to highlight the Diaspora. Jamaica must recognize that there are a growing number of our children who are born in the USA who want to represent Jamaica,” he told SportsMaxTV. “We are very proud of her achievement but more importantly that she chose to represent Jamaica.”

Williams’ coach Ato Boldon said for him, personally, it was very satisfying to see his young charge being honoured in such a fashion.

“I had a similar situation with Khalifah (St. Fort) in that when you have a foreign-born athlete I am always a little worried about how they are going to be received back home,” he said.

“It’s really a pleasant surprise for me to see how Jamaica has embraced Briana. So to see this kind of award, this kind of commendation coming from the Congresswoman was very satisfying because it further reinforces that Briana has been fully embraced by all sectors of the Jamaican community.”

 

 

Briana Williams ran her way to the Austin Sealy award at the CARIFTA Games in Bermuda but her coach Ato Boldon wants her to be more patient about beating the world.

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.

Christopher Taylor crowned Jamaica’s sweep of the 200-metre sprints at the 2018 Carifta Games in the Bahamas on Monday further cementing his country’s hold on the sprints this year.

Christopher Taylor, Briana Williams and Kevona Davis lead a powerful 76-member team Jamaican team to the 2018 Carifta Games scheduled to be held in Nassau, Bahamas from March 30 to April 2.

Four days before Jamaica’s Briana Williams set an age-group world record at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday, her coach Ato Boldon all but predicted what would have happened.

Patience and trust were the keys to Briana Williams’ spectacular world-age group record run at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday.

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