Briana Williams and Jamaica shine at IAAF World U20 Championships

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A post by Peter Jordens.

The 17th World Under 20 Championships of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) were held in Tampere, Finland, from July 10 to 15, 2018. Among the Caribbean nations present, Jamaica, Cuba and Colombia won medals. Jamaica had their best performance ever at the biennial World U20 Championships, with 12 medals. 16-year-old Briana Williams emerged as Tampere’s most memorable star and as Jamaica’s newest sprint sensation. She became the youngest woman, and only the fourth ever, to win the 100m/200m sprint double at the World U20 Championships.

Watch her gold medal-winning races at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFXanMGabAI (100m) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmx30mzKTrk (200m).

Briana Williams was born in the USA; her hometown is Miramar, Florida. Her mother, Sharon Simpson, is Jamaican; her late father, Steven Williams, was American. She has been competing for Jamaica since 2017. Her personal coach is Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic medal winner for Trinidad and Tobago, whose mother is Jamaican. Watch an interview with Ato Boldon after Briana’s sprint double at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWXtXgnqvbE.

Here is an overview of the Caribbean region’s medal performance at Tampere 2018: Caribbean medal performance 17th IAAF WU20C Tampere 2018

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