Ruptured Achilles tendon ends gymnast Toni-Ann Williams' collegiate career

By February 19, 2019

Jamaican Olympic gymnast Toni-Ann Williams ruptured her Achilles tendon while competing in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, effectively ending her collegiate career.

Williams, who is in her fifth and final year at the University of California at Berkeley, is to undergo surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out for six months.

Williams revealed her latest injury on Instagram on Tuesday.

“I want to take the time to thank everyone for all the love and support over the past couple of days. It’s been very emotional. I’ve completely ruptured my Achilles tendon,” said the athlete who debuted for Jamaica at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“It’s absolutely devastating and I am heartbroken, but I am grateful to have had the opportunity to do a fifth year with the most amazing girls. Thank you again to my teammates, coaches and everyone who has reached out to me. I am truly blessed and I love you all.”

Williams has had her fair share of injury in recent years. In August 2018 she dislocated her elbow while preparing for the Pan Am Championships. She also underwent knee surgery after her historic appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

This is the second time she has suffered an Achilles injury that has required surgery.

The 23-year-old Williams has had a solid collegiate career.

She was a second-team All Around in 2018 and a six-time Regular-Season All-American (2015 - first team Vault & Floor, second team All-Around; 2016 - first team Floor; 2018 -- first team Floor, second team All-Around).

A two-time NACGC/W West Region Gymnast of the Year for 2015 and 2016, Williams was also a seven-time All-Pac-12 selection (2015 -- first team All-Around; 2016 -- first team Floor & Vault; 2018 -- second team All-Around, Vault, Beam & Floor).

She was also Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2015 and a six-time Pack-12 Freshman of the Week and was the NCAA Regional Vault Champion in 2015.

In 2016, she copped the title as Pac-12 Championships Floor Champion.

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