Briana Williams: NACAC award gives me confidence for 2019

By November 06, 2018

IAAF World U20 100 and 200m champion Briana Williams said winning the 2018 North America Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Junior Female Athlete of Year Award has given her the confidence to be even better in the coming season.

NACAC announced the awards over the weekend.

“It was very surprising to me when my coach told me, I said to him ‘wow, really?”, she told SportsMax.TV. “But given the success I had this season it gives me a lot of confidence as I prepare for the 2019 season because now I will come back even stronger and determined. I also now know how hard you have to work to become a champion.”

Meanwhile, her coach Ato Boldon said Williams winning the award was just desserts for the hard work put in by the Florida-based teen preparing for last season.

“Awards are always nice. Briana, after being mostly overlooked a year ago, stepped her work ethic up and her whole world changed,” he said while adding that she is working even harder for the coming season.

“Now, she’s approaching the season differently. She wants to run over-distance; she wants to push the limits because she saw what that did last year. She also knows she has a target on her back now. She will get everyone’s best race.”

Williams enjoyed the season of her life in 2018.

In March, days before her 16th birthday, Williams set a world age-group record when she ran 11.13s to win the 100m at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida.

She also won the treble (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay) at the Carifta Games held in the Bahamas before crowning her season with the ultimate prize, the sprint double at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

In the 100m, she upset favourite Twanisha Terry of the United States before pulling off another upset in the 200m, winning in a new championship record of 22.50s. She left race favourite Lauren Rain Williams (23.09s) floundering in her wake and was the youngest female to win the title.

Leighton Levy

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