Newly-crowned World U-20 double champion Briana Williams admits emulating the exploits of legendary Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown featured prominently in her thoughts heading into the games in Tampere, Finland.

The 16-year-old Williams equalled the feat which was accomplished by Campbell-Brown in Santiago, Chile, in 2000 when she claimed the women’s sprint double crown over the weekend.

The young Jamaican got the better of American favourite Twanisha Terry to claim the 100m title, before capturing the double in a championship record 22.50. Impressively, Williams is two years younger than Campbell-Brown was when she accomplished the feat.

Although admitting that she was surprised by the fast time following her triumph in the 200m, it was a case of mission accomplished for the delighted youth sprinter.

“It feels great. I was really surprised by the time. I just came out here to do what Veronica Campbell did in 2000. I’m just proud of myself,” Williams told

“I was hoping to be the second athlete to achieve that (at youth level) so I’m glad I did that. Doubling is hard, I was a little-tired heading into the race but I’m just glad to finish injury free.”

Source: Kwesi Mugisa