Monday 10 August, 2020

Jamaican Briana Williams runs five events at Texas meet

Jamaica's 18-year- old standout sprinter Briana Williams.

Jamaica's 18-year- old standout sprinter Briana Williams.

Jamaica's 18-year- old standout sprinter Briana Williams ran in five races at the AP High-Performance Invitationals 1-5, a small track and field meeting, in Ft Worth, Texas, on Monday.

The meet, which featured mostly Nike-sponsored athletes, attracted some of the world's top sprinters, who also ran five races in a move to satisfy the number of races on their professional contracts. Athletes were out of competition for over three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, which had shut down sports worldwide

Williams, who in January turned pro and signed a five-year contract with Nike, ran the 60m, 100m, 150m, 250m and 300m in just over two hours.

In the 60m, Williams clocked 7.68 seconds for fourth place in section two behind Dezerea Bryant, who won in 7.56.

The 7.68 clocking by Williams represents the 10th fastest time overall. Brianna Rollings-McNeal (7.39) clocked the fastest time over the three sections.

Williams returned to post 12.43 seconds for fifth place in section two of the 100m behind Rollings-McNeal, who won in 12.32. Shacarri Richardson clocked the fastest time over the four sections with 11.56 seconds.

In the 150m, Williams clocked 18.74 seconds for third place in section three won by Javianne Olivier in 17.11. Williams' 18.74 seconds represents the 13th fastest time across the four sections. Rollings-McNeal posted the fastest time with 16.41 seconds.

In her fourth race - the 250m - Williams (38.31) came home fifth in section two behind Dezerea Bryant, who won in 34.17. Williams' 38.31 represents the slowest time of the 15 competitors who completed over four sections. Kyra Jefferson clocked the fastest time of 32.44.

Williams closed her schedule in the 300m where she clocked 46.56 for fifth place in section one behind Dalilah Muhammad, who won in 44.45.  Colombian athlete Melissa Gonzalez  clocked the fastest time of 39.06 with Williams' 46.56 the 13th fastest of the 14 competitors who completed over three sections.

American Michael Norman recorded the standout performance at the meet by storming to a world-leading 9.86 100m victory.

With the performance, Norman, known more as a 400m sprinter, shattered his previous 100m personal best of 10.27 he set in 2016 when he was still in high school. It was also Norman's first 100m race since.

The performance makes Norman, 22, just the second man in history to run sub-10 for 100m, sub-20 for 200m and sub-44 for 400m, joining Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk in that exclusive club.

Norman also ran 7.96 for the 60m,  18.89 for the 150m, 34.82 for the 250 and 44.90 for the 300m.

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