Despite being given clearance to compete for a spot at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics, Jamaican hurdler Danielle Williams remains in the hunt for a Diamond League trophy.

A Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) decision had deemed Williams ineligible to compete for a spot at this year’s World Championships after a false start at the country’s national trials, however, there was still a window for the athlete to make the team to Doha had she earned an automatic spot via winning the Diamond League.

Williams then broke the national record and is unbeaten over the 100-metre hurdles since that time. Her 12.32-second clocking meant she lead the world, putting the JAAA in some amount of discomfort.

However, earlier this week, another JAAA release said the athlete would be contemplated since her disqualification in the event, could not be counted since the race was deemed null and void after subsequent attempts at re-running it.

That being said, Williams’ time would suggest she is a shoe-in for a place on the team the JAAA said would be picked based on IAAF-ranking at the time of selection.

Williams leads the world rankings with 1385 points while Megan Tapper with 1263, Janeek Brown with 1257, and Yanique Thompson with 1202 are the next highest-ranked Jamaicans.

Should Williams earn an automatic place, Thompson, who for the moment is out of a place at the World Championships could be headed to Doha as well.

Still, Williams coach, Lennox Graham has come out to say, the 2015 World Champion would still be taking aim at the Diamond League Trophy.

“The focus of our season doesn’t change. Once the issue happened, we had made a conscious decision to focus on the things that we can control  and what we were in control of at the time was contractually agreed to already, running in the Diamond League and getting all the points you can and getting into the final and try to win. This decision extends her season so that’s the effect that this will have on it,” Graham had said in an interview with Radio Jamaica.

The Diamond League moves to Birmingham tomorrow where Williams is again down to compete.

The Government of Jamaica is to salute outstanding Jamaican and world athlete, Veronica Campbell-Brown, during Heritage Week in October, by unveiling a statue in her honour.

This was disclosed by Sport Minister Olivia Grange, during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Grange informed that last year during Heritage Week, the statue of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was installed at Independence Park.

“She has been an amazing ambassador for our country. She is humble, confident and respectful at all times. We salute you Shelly-Ann,” she said.

The Minister added that the Government is also finalising arrangements for the installation of the statue of noted sprinter, Asafa Powell, later this year.

Renowned sculptor Basil Watson has been engaged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to design statues of four of Jamaica’s outstanding sports stars under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.

The statue in honour of Campbell-Brown will be the third to be completed under the Programme. The first statue of Usain Bolt was completed and installed last December. The other statue of  Asafa Powell is expected to be unveiled before the end of the year.

The University of Arkansas will back 2019 NCAA Division 1 100m hurdles champion, Janeek Brown, on her quest to compete at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar come September.

2018 World U20 silver medallist Christopher Taylor has the 2019 IAAF World Championships on his mind even though he has not decided what event he wants to do there.

While Maurice Wilson was surprised by the IAAF World Championships schedule changes where the 4x400 relays will be run before the flat event, he wants Jamaica to look at the opportunities.

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