Williams vows to rise again


July 05, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Danielle Williams reacts after crashing out of the women's 100 metres hurdles final at the National Senior Trials on Sunday.

Gutted after crashing out of qualifying for Jamaica's Olympic team to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics World 100 metres hurdles champion, Danielle Williams, has vowed to pick up the pieces and "rise again".

"Devastated," was how Williams summed up her feeling after crashing out of the final at last weekend's Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships, adding: "The main aim was to finish in top three and I failed at that."

"I will take the necessary time to recover from such an emotional blow and try to channel the disappointment into the rest of races this season. I have been coping by speaking with close friends and family as well as by some of the encouraging words from supporters," the athlete revealed by email yesterday.

Having lost out in unfortunate circumstances, Williams nonetheless remained graceful.

"I have faced adversity in my life and had to overcome many disappointments. My personality doesn't allow me to stay down for too long. I think it's something I inherited from my strong-willed mother," she said in a Facebook post.

Williams also congratulated the top three finishers. " ... Especially (sister) Shermaine Williams because I've seen first-hand all the injuries and hardships she's had to endure since February and she continued to fight and I'm confident she'll represent us well, as will the rest of team Jamaica."

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