Briana Williams became the youngest sprint double champion at a World U20 Championships. Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown won the sprint double in 2000 and this Williams inspired her to her goal.

On Saturday, July 14 she ran a Championship Record 22.50secs to win the 200m, adding to her 11.16 100m victory two days earlier.

“I’m so happy to win the double gold medal in Tampere,” said Williams, who is only 16 years old.

“I was a bit tired and nervous before the race,” added the American-born, who had six races in four days.

“It was a huge PR for me by over half a second, my coach gave me a tonne of advice – it’s so important to have him here. I want to act as a role model for young girls and to encourage them.”

“In the future, I want to be the youngest Olympic medalist in Tokyo 2020, but there are a lot of chances to succeed before then as well.”


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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