World U20 print double champion, Briana Williams, will set her sights on making Jamaica’s senior team to the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar next season and join forces with the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson.
The 16-year-old junior star enjoyed a successful 2017/2018 season competing undefeated among her peers over the 100m and losing once in the 200m before going on to upset the favourites Twanisha Terry and Lauren Rain Williams in the 100m and 200m respectively at the recently concluded U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Williams who ran a championship record of 22.50 to win the 200m finals, is the first Jamaican female since Veronica Campbell Brown in Santiago, Chile in 2000 to win the World U20 sprint double. But while the world junior champion has been enjoying some downtime in Jamaica doing interviews and enjoying Reggae Sumfest, her coach Ato Boldon has been busy plotting her path to a spot in Qatar next year.
The World Championships will be held from September 28 to October 6, later than usual because of Qatar’s extremely hot summers (June to September) when temperatures can get as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
Boldon said he plans to use the extra time wisely to prepare his talented young star, who turns 17 on March 21, 2019.
“Nothing really matters until Senior Championships, which will be later than ever and then Doha Worlds,” he told SportsMax.TV. “What we did in July in 2018 has to happen in almost September in 2019 so it takes very careful planning and preparation.”
That planning, he reveals involves limited participation at the high-school level.
“Next year is going to be a unique one. She won’t run any indoors, as usual. I’ve never been a fan of indoors. She will start back training in the offseason a little later than usual. She won’t run most of the early meets unless it’s relays, and she may have very limited Carifta participation,” Boldon revealed.
“I won’t be focusing on anything in the high school season at all, even though she may run some invitational meets during the high school season.”
She will be focussing on running more 400 metres, Boldon said, as well as the sprint relays.
Source: Leighton Levy|| sportsmax