‘Pick her or else’ - American warns JAAA not to leave Williams out World Champs team

July 22, 2019
Danielle Williams
Danielle Williams

Moments after Danielle Williams ran a national record and a world-leading time in the women's sprint hurdles at the London Diamond League, American star sprint hurdler Sharika Nelvis strongly advised the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) to 'put her on the team or else you will regret it.'

"If they don't put her on the team and stop playing, they will regret it come Doha," Nelvis tweeted.

Williams, who was ruled out of contention to be selected for Jamaica's team that will compete at the IAAF World Championships later this year after she was judged to have false-started at the Jamaica Trials last month, overtakes Nelvis to the lead in the Diamond race for the 100m hurdles when she stormed to 12.32 seconds in the Queen Elizabeth Park in East London on Saturday.

COULD EARN A SPOT

Williams' 23 points puts her just in front of the American (22), with four meetings to go.

The former Queen's School standout could earn a spot to compete at 'Worlds' by winning the Diamond race in the event. But even if she does, the JAAA will have to decide if it will take her.

"We would decide on the matter as we always do when an athlete earns a wild card, whether through the Diamond League or if they are the defending champion in their event," Blake told The Gleaner late last week.

The 100m hurdles race was cancelled, even after Williams left the track after a protest at the Trials. A few days later, the hierarchy of the local association decided to select the top three women for the event based on their performance throughout the season, but equivocally noted that the former World champion was out of contention.

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