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2018 World U20 100m champion Briana Williams was selected on a provisional basis to Jamaica’s 55-member team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha from September 27-October 6.

September 23,24 and 25 have been set aside for the anti-doping hearing case involving World U20 champion Briana Williams.

Precocious Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams tested positive for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) at the Jamaican Championships in June.

The commentators discuss key aspects of the case as well as the possibility of the 17 year old representing Jamaica at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Briana Williams was found to have a diuretic in her system and has come out to say there was no way of knowing that a cold and flu medication was contaminated. The SportsMax Blitz team hopes good sense will prevail and that the 17-year-old will face minimal if any sanctions. What should be the course JADCO takes?

Dr Warren Blake, President of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) is optimistic that Briana Williams could be exonerated after testing positive for the diuretic at the Jamaican national championships in June.

Dr. Emir Crowne, the sports lawyer selected to represent Briana Williams is seeking a speedy resolution to the case against the athlete in the relation to the diuretic found in her urine sample at the Jamaican national championships in June.

Rising Jamaican sprint phenom Briana Williams has admitted the country’s reverence for the sport of track and field made it an easy decision to choose the tiny Caribbean island over the United States.

The 17-year-old Williams is considered one of the brightest up and coming prospects in the sport of athletics. In fact, the sprinter is expected to follow a long line of exceptional Jamaican sprinters, the likes of which include Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson and the legendary Usain Bolt. 

Williams was, however, born in the United States, a country that has a proud track and field legacy of its own.  For the diminutive young sprinter, however, the choice between the track and field rivals was always a straight forward one.

“I was grown up in the Jamaica tradition way.  All the time when I was watching the Olympics, I would see Bolt and Shelly-Ann winning and think I want to be like them,” Williams said recently, in a podcast with the Olympic Channel.

“America has football, baseball they are more fans of that. In Jamaica, they show support to their track athletes and I like that.  In America, there is track but it's not at the same level.  When the Jamaica athletes are at the Olympics or World Championships, there is screaming in the middle of the streets and people cheering them on.  I like that culture more,” she added.  

Boldon, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic bronze medalist, was in complete agreement.  Like Williams, Boldon could also have represented Jamaica as he was born in Port of Spain to a Jamaican mother.

“Even me being from Trinidad and Tobago, sometimes track and field athletes, despite us having the bulk of our Olympic medals, are not as revered in Trinidad and Tobago, like it is in Jamaica,” Boldon said.

“Many times during my career, when I saw the support for Jamaican athletes, I used to saw wow maybe Jamaica should have been the place I ran for because it just matters more," he added.

Williams, the World U-20 sprint double Champion, will represent Jamaica at the Doha World Championships later this year.   

Briana Williams followed up her NACAC U18 title with the Pan Am U20 title in Costa Rica on Friday night.

Jamaica won 19 medals on Friday’s opening day of the 2019 NACAC U18 and U23 Championships in Mexico.

Ato Boldon believes Briana Williams is a special talent that could have gone faster last Friday night and he expects her to be even faster at the World Championships in Doha this year.

Following her record-breaking performance in the 100m at Jamaica’s national championships on Friday night, Briana Williams has decided to withdraw from the remainder of the championships because of illness.

Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce both clocked a world-leading time of 10.73s while Briana Williams set records of her own with a 10.94s finish, in a dramatic women’s 100m final at the Supreme Ventures/JAAA National Championships on Friday night.

Briana Williams broke a national junior record for the second time in two weeks but had to play second fiddle to Elaine Thompson in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m at the SVL/JAAA National Championships in Kingston.

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