Briana Williams, the 2018 sprint double world U20 champion, has joined the sub-11 sprint club. For the second day running, the Jamaican lowered her own national junior record in the 100m.
On Sunday (30 May), Williams, competing at the JAC Summer Open meeting, ran 11.01 seconds, shaving 0.01 off her own record set in 2019 at the Great Southwest Classic in New Mexico.
Williams returned Monday (31 May) against stiffer competition to run 10.98 at the Duval County Challenge in Jacksonville, Florida.
She managed to arrive in time for the race as her competitors were already behind their blocks. “I am glad I got there back in time,” she said.
The Ato Boldon-coached young sprinter was impressive from start to finish. She got a decent start and was timed in 4.45secs at the 40-metre mark, an effort that gave her US$5,000. Williams showed terrific top-end speed, closing out the race in style.
Americans Mikiah Brisco, 11.09 and Dezerea Bryant, 11.14 were left in her wake. Another American Gabby Thomas, who registered a wind-assisted 10.94 (+2.5m/s) in the prelims, did not start the final. Earlier, Williams was was runner-up to Thomas in her heat with 10.97.
Williams was asked about her mindset going into races with so many good athletes; she replied: “Just to focus on my form.”
“I know Trials is going to be tough. I am going to continue to work, the work is not done, and I am just looking forward to making that (Jamaica Olympic Games) team in the 100m and 200m.
Ronnie Baker ran 9.99 to win the men’s 100m final, just ahead of Yohan Blake, 10.09.
In the 100m heats, Blake ran 10.05 (+3.6m/s wind) and Baker, 9.91 (+3.1m/s).
Jamaica’s Senoj-Jay Givans won the B 100m in 10.26 ahead of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Jason Rogers, 10.29.