World U20 champion Briana Williams will not be racing at the Racers Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday, June 8, contrary to what was announced at the launch of the meet on Thursday.

Seven-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the reigning World U20 sprint double champion Briana Williams will match strides at the fourth staging of the Racers Adidas Grand Prix set for the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Sprinting legend Veronica Campbell-Brown is no longer the fastest junior to ever grace a Jamaican track after former Convent of Mercy Academy student Kiara Grant, shaved one-hundredth of a second from her national junior record on Saturday.

Running at the MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at North Carolina A&T in Greenboro for Norfolk State University, Grant, a sophomore was a creditable second in the women’s 100 metre.

The former Alpha girl clocked 11.11 seconds to eclipse Campbell-Brown’s 11.12-second record set in 2000 but had to settle for second behind North Carolina senior, Kayla White, who dipped below the 11-second barrier to win in 10.96.

Grant split the major places with North Carolina freshman, Cambrea Sturgis finishing third in 11.22.

The time puts Grant in rarified air, alongside Double World Under-20 sprint champion, Briana Williams, who has gone as quick as 11.13 seconds in her lifetime, and Edwin Allen sprint sensation, Kevona Davis.

Davis’, a World U18 Championships bronze medallist, quickest time to date has been 11.16 seconds.

The three mark the seriousness of the sprinting talent among the women in Jamaica, all showing signs of continuing the legacy of the country over the shortest distance on the world stage.

Coming off another impressive campaign at the 2019 Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands last weekend, Briana Williams will arrive at Jamaica’s National Championships in June ready up the ante.

2019 Austin Sealy Award winner Briana Williams said she didn’t expect to win the award for a second time at the Carifta Games that came to a close in the Cayman Islands on Sunday.

For the second year running, Jamaica’s Briana Williams won the coveted Austin Sealy Award at the Carifta Games that concluded at the Truman Bodden Stadium in the Cayman Islands on Sunday.

Briana Williams claimed her third gold medal on Sunday’s third and final day of the Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands on Sunday when she led off her country to an emphatic win in the 4x100m relays.

Rising Jamaica sprint sensation easily dismissed the field to complete the Carifta sprint double with a seasons best time in the U-20 women’s 200m on Sunday.

The 17-year-old junior World Champion sprang from the blocks and blasted through the field to hit the top of the corner first, gradually pulling away to leave her opponents well and truly beaten.  Williams stopped the clock in a speedy 22.89, well clear of second place compatriot Joanne Reid who crossed the line in 23.69. Third place went to Beyonce Defreitas of the British Virgin Islands who finished in 23.79.

On Saturday, Williams had won in similar fashion, putting away the 100m field to win in a time of 11.25.  On that occasion getting the better of Trinidad and Tobago’s Akila Lewis and compatriot Kemba Nelson.

In the men’s equivalent, the Jamaican’s also claimed the top two podium spots.  Xavier Nairne crossed the line in first spot, stopping the clock at 20.65.  Antonio Watson closed strong to finish in 20.83, just ahead of the Bahamas’ Terrence Jones who was third in 20.89.

 

 

Briana Williams capped off a successful first day at the 2019 CARIFTA Games in the Cayman Islands with a gold medal in the women’s under-20 100 metres. 

The 2018 Austin Sealy Award winner, Briana Williams, is likely to be withdrawn from the 200m over a  gaffe in scheduling at the 2019 Carifta Games being hosted by the Cayman Islands from April 20-23.

Despite the absence of some of the island’s top high school athletes, Jamaica’s head coach Marlon Gayle believes the defending champions will be a strong, competitive force at the 48th edition of the Carifta Games later this month.

When Briana Williams steps onto the track at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex at the 48th renewal of the Carifta Games later this month, it will be the first of two dress rehearsals for the Jamaican National Championships two months later.

Double World sprint champion Briana Williams easily secured the Girls’ Under-20 sprint double at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's Carifta Games Trials at the National Stadium in Kingston. 

Briana Williams lit up Jamaica’s CARIFTA trials on Saturday’s second day without having to do too much. 

Briana Williams, the IAAF World U20 sprint double champion, says she is going for a personal best when she competes in  Saturday's final of the  Girls U20 100m at the Carifta Trials currently on at the National Stadium in Kingston.

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