Coach of rising sprint sensation Jamaican sprinter, Briana Williams, Ato Boldon expects the young phenom to go even faster in 2020 after her preparations for this season put her in a good place.

Williams, who decided to run as a senior at last year’s IAAF World Championships of Athletics, made the Jamaican team after finishing third at the country’s national champions in a quick 10.94 seconds, behind legends, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Elaine Thompson.

Despite the qualification, Williams was not at the World Championships after a positive drug test, which was eventually commuted with the athlete found to have done nothing wrong, meant there was no time for her to get there.

Last season, Williams also ran a nippy 22.88 seconds.

According to Boldon, Williams could have been faster last season and the season before, but for some reason, was not achieving her full potential.

“In 2019, only five women ran faster at 100m. I’ve considered the possibility that she had been holding back in practice in the last two years, training with a group. That’s clearly not the case this year, and she has set numerous personal bests in her preseason practice runs,” said Boldon.

The difference, this season, is that Williams has ditched her training routine, and is now doing her practice on her own.

“As far as her training, I had some major concerns when we started in October. She had no female training partners for the first time under me and she hadn’t competed since July,” said Boldon, who had split with Williams training partner Khalifa St Fort.

“I thought taking in someone to train with her would be a good idea. Well, it turns out I was wrong. She assured me she didn’t need a training partner. Her workouts have always accurately indicated to me what’s coming, and she will be better in 2020 than she was in 2019,” Boldon said.

Budding Jamaica sprint star Briana Williams stayed on course for a sprint double at the 2019 Carifta Games after progressing easily from the preliminary round of the U-20 200m on Sunday.

Competing in heat 1, Williams motored away from the field to stop the clock at 23.38, well ahead of second place Beyonce Defreitas (23.91) of the British Virgin Islands.  Third place Deshana Skeete (23.92) of Guyana was also through to the next round after qualifying as one of the fastest losers.

William’s compatriot Joanne Reid was also safely through to the final after claiming top spot in heat 2.  Reid clocked 23.61 to claim first place, comfortably ahead of Alya Stanisclaus who was second in 23.72.  Kayon Stubbs of the Bahamas was third in 24.07 but also qualified as one of the fastest losers.

Bahamas’ Jaida Knowles triumphed in heat 3 after stopping the clock in 23.44, with Akila Lewis second in 24.03.  The final of the event will take place at 8:30 pm on Sunday night.  Williams will head into the event with the fastest time.

 

 

Newly-crowned World U-20 double champion Briana Williams admits emulating the exploits of legendary Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown featured prominently in her thoughts heading into the games in Tampere, Finland.

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