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Williams ‘shocked’ by 60m PB

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:26 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Briana Williams (centre) sprints to a personal best of 7.15 seconds in the 60m sprint at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet ahead of Natasha Morrison (right) and Jodean Williams at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Briana Williams (centre) sprints to a personal best of 7.15 seconds in the 60m sprint at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet ahead of Natasha Morrison (right) and Jodean Williams at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Jamaica’s star sprinter Briana Williams says she was very shocked by her performance after she ran a personal best time 7.15 seconds to win the women’s 60m at The Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Williams, the reigning World Under-20 double-sprint champion, sped to victory in winds of -1.1 metres per second in heavy rainfall to erase her previous best of 7.57 seconds. She told The Gleaner after the race that she was not expecting to run so fast because of wet conditions.

“I felt pretty good warming up, and I knew that I was going to come out there and do an impressive time, which I did, because I shocked myself running 7.15 seconds,” Williams said. “It was raining, and we had to stop [warming up]. I am really happy for this PR (personal record).”

Williams said that she was pleased with her execution of the race because she finished the final third of the event very strong.

“I was just making sure that I stayed down, and I have been working on my finish at practice because it needed a little practice,” she said. “I am glad that I came out here and did my best, and I know that my coach will say I did well. It gives me a lot of confidence knowing that I ran 7.15 in the rain, and so just need to work on my finish for the 100m, and I will be great for the season.”

Williams’ focus

The 17-year-old Williams, who will celebrate her 18th birthday in March, has a personal best of 11.02 seconds in the 100m. She says that her focus this season is to secure a spot on Jamaica’s team to the Tokyo Olympics this summer and to run fast times in all her events.

“Everyone is counting on me to make it,” she said. “I am about to be 18, and, hopefully, I will make it.”

Williams says that she has been meeting all her targets that have been set for her by coach Ato Boldon so far this season.

Natasha Morrison of Sprintec Track Club was second in the event in 7.24 seconds while third went to Jodean Williams from the UWI Pelicans in 7.36 seconds. Shauna Helps of MVP Track Club won section one in 7.47 seconds.

Williams is scheduled to compete in the 60m sprint at the 113th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, February 8, at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York.