Olympic gold medallist Kerron Stewart is looking forward to ending her career on her own terms after recently declaring that the 2018 season will be her last in the sport.

Kerron Stewart, one of Jamaica’s most decorated female athletes, will hang up her spikes at the end of the current season, bringing an end to an illustrious career that has spanned two decades.

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.”

 

 

Jamaica’s Jura Levy said she wasn’t worried about being caught by the USA’s Kyra Jefferson on the anchor leg of the USA vs The Rest of the World sprint relay at the Penn Relays on Saturday.

The Jamaica women’s 4x400m relay team had to settle for second place behind a dominant USA quartet in the USA vs the World series at the Penn Relays on Saturday.

The United States were more than a second better than the Bahamas in the 4x400 USA vs the World event at the Penn Relays on Saturday.

Calabar High School were the only team below 40 seconds in the Penn Relays Championship of America earlier on Saturday.

A 44.84 split from Christopher Taylor helped Calabar High School to a Penn Relays record in the 4x400 metres and the Jamaican athlete to the Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events honour.

World Champion Justin Gatlin led a United States sweep of the USA vs the World Men’s 4x100-metre event at the Pennsylvania Relays, relegating Jamaica to third.

Jamaica’s women have taken home the Pennsylvania Relays gold medal after clocking 43.14 seconds to pip the United States.

Calabar High School’s Kia Chang turned the tables on St. Jago’s Roje Stona in the boys’ high school discus at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Pennsylvania on Friday.

Jamaica’s relay teams stamped their mark in the Championship of Americas relays on Friday’s second day of the 2018 Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Pennsylvania.

Edwin Allen, Holmwood Technical, and St. Jago High School won their respective 4x100m heats on Thursday’s opening day of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Holmwood Technical and Spaldings High have advanced to Friday’s finals of the 4x800m relay on the opening day of the Penn Relays that began Thursday.

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