Jamaica’s Briana Williams Secures Rare Sprint Double At World U20 Championships
On Saturday, Jamaica’s Briana Williams secured the women’s sprint double at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland after winning the 200 metres in a championship record time and new personal best of 22.50 seconds.
Williams arrived in Tampere just a few months after her 16th birthday – as the youngest entrant.
Her incredible 22.50 clocking has also landed her at the No. 11 spot on the all-time U20 200m list.
She crossed the line more than half a second ahead of her US rival, who clocked 23.09. The 0.59 winning margin was the second biggest ever.
She is quoted by the IAAF as saying:
“I was a bit tired and nervous before the race.”
“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.”
Just two days earlier, Williams won gold in the 100m event which makes her the youngest to claim the 100/200m title.
She is now only the fourth to claim the dash double in the championships’ 17 editions, following Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown (2000), Bulgaria’s Tezdzhan Naimova (2006) and Bahamian Anthonique Strachan (2012).
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