Faster Briana promise on track after 60-metre openings

By January 11, 2020
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Young Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams lowered her 60m personal best again at the Clemson University's Orange & Purple Elite Invitational on Saturday.

Williams’ coach, Trinidad and Tobago track and field icon, Ato Boldon, had promised that the 17-year-old would have been faster this season, especially important with the Tokyo Olympics on the horizon.

She has started in a manner that suggests Boldon is right.

The 17-year-old won her semi-final with a time of 7.27 seconds, eclipsing her personal best of 7.28.

She then returned to clock a faster time, 7.25 seconds, in the final but it was only good enough for second place behind American Jayla Kirkland of Florida State, who won easily in 7.17. 

Williams had beaten Kirkland in the semi-finals earlier.

Williams previous best of 7.28 seconds was posted in March 2019  where she beat an elite high school field at New Balance Nationals Indoor. 

The races not only represent the first for Williams but the first for the teenager since being found not to have been at fault by the Independent Anti-Doping Panel in September 2019 following a positive drug test.

She took an over-the-counter flu remedy at the Jamaican trials in June which had the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide among its components.

The young sprinter then decided in September to withdraw from the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, a competition she had qualified for at the trials.

Williams, who is based in Florida, will next be in action at the Queen's School/Grace Jackson Invitational in Kingston, Jamaica on January 25, also over 60m.

She is also scheduled to take on a strong field with five Olympians, over 60m,  at the 113th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, February 8 at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York.

Paul-Andre Walker

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