Briana Williams stormed into the sprinting spotlight on the penultimate day of the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, completing a 100m and 200m double at the age of just 16.

Less than 48 hours after winning the 100m title in 11.16, the Jamaican dominated over double the distance, breaking the championship record with her time of 22.50 ahead of USA’s Lauren Rain Williams (23.09) and Poland’s Martyna Kotwila (23.21 PB).

“I was a bit tired and nervous before the race,” the winner, who is coached by 1997 world 200m champion Ato Boldon, told the IAAF.

“In the future, I want to be the youngest Olympic medallist in Tokyo 2020, but there are a lot of chances to succeed before then as well.”

She had gone into the championships with a 200m PB of 23.11 from April but moved herself to 11th on the world under-20 all-time list with her winning time, becoming the fourth athlete to do this double after Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown in 2000, Bulgaria’s Tezdzhan Naimova in 2006 and Anthonique Strachan of Bahamas in 2012.

Source: AW