Briana Williams withdraws from Bob Hayes Classic

By March 12, 2019

Briana Williams has pulled out of this weekend’s Bob Hayes Classic in Jacksonville, Florida, just days after she won the 60m dash in a personal best 7.28 seconds at the New Balance Indoor Nationals on Sunday.

Her coach Ato Boldon said the decision to withdraw the soon-to-be 17-year-old Williams was down to a combination of bad weather forecast for the meet and advice from her physiotherapist following her win in New York.

The Bob Hayes Classic was where Williams became the fastest 15-year-old female in history when she clocked 11.13s breaking Marion Jones’ near 20-year-old record of 11.19. It was a performance that kick-started a spectacular season for the rising Jamaican star, who closed her 2018 season with a pair of gold medals at the IAAF U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland last August.

Looking back at her 60m win in New York on Sunday, Williams said that in addition to winning, she learned some valuable lessons.

“The New Balance Indoor Nationals was my first time running a 60m in a couple of years, so I had to get used to running a short distance, but I also had lots of fun with the race,” she told Sportsmax.TV. “The 60m showed me how quick you have to get out of your blocks and if you don’t it will be challenging. But I’m glad I came there and PR’ed and I will definitely look into coming back next year.”

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