“We knew she was ready to set a personal best”

January 15, 2020
Briana Williams, of Jamaica, crosses the finish line to win the women’s 100-metre race at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
Briana Williams, of Jamaica, crosses the finish line to win the women’s 100-metre race at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
Sprinter Briana Williams (right) and coach Ato Boldon.
Sprinter Briana Williams (right) and coach Ato Boldon.
1
2

Sprint sensation Briana Williams started her season with a new personal best for the 60 metres at the Clemson University's Orange & Purple Elite Invitational last weekend. After winning the semi-final with a time of 7.27 seconds, she clocked 7.25 and came second in the final, beaten by Florida State's Jayla Kirkland (7.17 seconds).

Her previous personal best for the distance, 7.28, was set in March 2019 at New Balance Indoor meet.

Her coach To Boldon told STAR Sports that he wasn't surprised by the 17 year-old Jamaican's performance. "We knew from the practise time that she was ready to set a personal best. She looked rusty in the final because the semi-final was very easy at 7.27 and I thought maybe she would run 7.1," the Trinidad and Tobago native explained.

Boldon feels confident about the rest of the season. "She's training well and now she's ready to set personal records outdoors." It's still the early in the track and field season and Boldon is expecting improvements. "At this time of the year, drive phase is not gonna look pretty all the time," former sprinter warned.

With the Tokyo Olympic Games coming relatively early, the preparation has to be adapted. "That's why I'm sprinkling a little bit of indoors this year. But indoors is just a tool. I've never a fan of indoors and never will be. We are using it to get her back into a competitive mindset because she had all that time off in the summer. She has not run since July," coach Boldon mentioned.

The double Under 20 World champion will be competing in the 60m at the Queen's/Grace Jackson Invitational meet at the National Stadium on January 25.

- Melena Helias

Other Sports Stories