Briana Williams speeds to confidence-boosting season’s best 11.08 in 100m dash in California

By June 08, 2024

 Jamaica’s Olympic relay gold medalist Briana Williams delivered a spectacular and confidence-boosting performance in the 100m dash at the Last Chance Sprint Series meeting held at the Notre Dame High School Athletic Facility in Sherman Oaks, California, on Friday night.

In what can only be described as a thrilling display of speed and determination, Williams, who recently joined John Smith Athletics in March after spending a year and a half training in Jamaica, set the stage for an electrifying evening. She began with an impressive run in the preliminary round, clocking 11.19 seconds, the second-fastest time behind Destiny Smith Barnett’s 11.13.

However, the final round saw Williams elevate her performance to new heights. Racing with poise and power, she clocked a massive season’s best of 11.08 seconds, finishing in second place just behind Smith Barnett, who achieved a lifetime best of 10.99 seconds. Kiley Robbins secured third place with a time of 11.13 seconds.

Elated by her performance, the two-time World Championship silver medalist shared her joy and optimism on Instagram, stating, “After what was an intense week of training today I ran a season’s best in my prelims 11.19 (0.3) with a second place finish. An hour later in my finals, another season’s best 11.08 (0.6) with a second place finish and a stumble in my start.”

She praised her coach John Smith for his support, adding, “Thank you @coachjsmith and my whole team for believing in me and getting me ready at the right time. @drrashnoor for getting my body ready. This is just the beginning of something great, still so much I’ve got to improve on. I look forward to going into my Olympic trials at the end of June.”

Williams' path to this moment has not been without its challenges. Prior to Friday night’s races, she recorded times of 11.54, 11.39, 11.47, and 11.81 seconds as she adapted to her new training regimen under Coach Smith, who also mentors World Championship medalist Marie-Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast. After competing at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational in May, Williams spoke to Sportsmax.TV about her transition, stating, "Training, I am taking it day by day. I’m learning new things; it’s a new program so I’m getting adjusted every day, loving the progress. I’m just taking my time, we have six weeks to go to trials so I want to get everything in, start running every week, and just getting race ready, taking it one day at a time to prepare and make the team."

Friday night’s performance marks a significant step forward for Williams as she continues her journey towards the Jamaica National Championships in June with the hope of qualifying for her second Olympic Games.

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