While expressing disappointment at not being able to race against Kevona Davis at Jamaica’s national championships this weekend, Briana Williams is relishing the idea of taking on against some of Jamaica’s best senior women in the sprints.

It was reported on Thursday morning that Williams, 16, had opted to compete with the seniors at the championships citing a depleted Under20 field and the absence of Kevona Davis, who was expected to be her main rival as she competes for a spot on Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Under 20 Champions in Tampere, Finland next month.

Davis will miss the national championships and the global competition because of a season-ending hamstring injury she suffered during training.

In her absence, Williams says she is eager to have another chance to run against the best Jamaica has to offer.

Briana Williams [middle]
Briana Williams [middle]
“I am so excited to run with the pros again this season,” said Williams, who was third to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Jenna Prandini at the Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium on June 9.

“This will help me run better times in both the 100m and 200m, and get ready for the very tough competition waiting in Finland in Tampere.”

She said it was disheartening to hear about Davis’ injury.

“Hearing that Kevona won’t run is a big disappointment to me because we could’ve pushed each other to run faster times this season like we did last year,” Williams said.

“I wish my Carifta teammate a speedy recovery.”

Source: Leighton Levy