Danielle is in: World-leading hurdler will be considered for World Champs selection

By August 15, 2019

Lennox Graham, coach of Jamaican sprint hurdler Danielle Williams, said he was happy with the decision of the JAAA to consider the sprint hurdler for selection to the Jamaican team to compete at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar starting in late September.

“I am happy about the decision. I am happy that Danielle is in,” Graham told Sportsmax.TV on Thursday, after acknowledging receipt of an email of the JAAA ‘s statement just as he was about to leave work.

Williams, the 2015 World Champion, competes at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting this weekend hoping to win there and then at the Diamond League finals in Brussels on September 6, in order to earn a spot at the championships in Doha as the Diamond League champion.

That was the only avenue open to her after she was disqualified for a false start at the Jamaican national championships on June 23. She challenged the disqualification and refused to leave the track delaying the meet for about 20 minutes.

On June 26, 2019, the JAAA released a statement saying that Williams would remain ineligible for selection to represent Jamaica at the World Championships but outlined how they would select the athletes for the 100m hurdles for the world championships.

“The athletes to represent Jamaica in the 100m hurdles for women at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, will be selected based on the IAAF ranking as of August 16, 2019.”

As of Thursday, August 15, the day before the deadline, Williams was both the number one sprint hurdler in the world in terms of time and ranking. Megan Tapper, Janeek Brown, and Yanique Thompson were next, respectively.

Based on their previous statement, Tapper, Brown and Thompson, were the likely athletes to be selected.

However, The JAAA issued a statement reversing their original decision.

“Following international expert advice and a review of the selection policy, the association said that the fairest way to proceed is for the JAAA to make its selection decision based on the multiple criteria listed in the published policy, although the specific case is not covered.”

The statement continued: “The JAAA also said the 100m sprint hurdle race at the national championships had been ruled null and void and Miss Williams’ disqualification could, therefore, not stand given that the race was never completed and has been declared null and void.”

The deadline for entries to the World Championships is September 6, 2019.


Leighton Levy

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