Rising young star Williams thriving under pressure

By Sports Desk August 07, 2018
Jamaica sprinter Briana Williams. Jamaica sprinter Briana Williams.

Jamaica's World U20 sprint-double champion Briana Williams admits there is plenty of pressure in sharing the spotlight as one of the country’s next big things.

The 16-year-old has certainly attracted plenty of eyes in recent months.  Williams not only accomplished the rare feat of capturing the IAAF World U20 Championships sprint double last month but has also clocked some of the fastest times ever recorded in her age group.

With such feats already under her belt, the young Jamaican seems set to follow in the footsteps of a clutch of great Jamaican female sprinters, the like of which includes Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Elaine Thompson.  Such heavy expectations could be a lot of pressure to carry on such young shoulders.

  “I know there is a lot of pressure, it motivates me.  At the age of 16, you tell yourself it’s ok Briana you trained for this.  It’s what you do you train with Pros,” Williams told IAAF Inside Athletics.

“I just ignore the pressure.  When I come into my races I just think, you’ll do fine,” she added.

Earlier this year Williams won the Austin Sealy Awards for her standout performances at the 2018 Carifta Games, which was held in Nassau, Bahamas.

 

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