Diamond debut for WGC sprint star Williams

16:42 09 August 2011

Jodie Williams

Jodie Williams


TEENAGE sprint star Jodie Williams made her Diamond League debut on Friday and felt her performance showed why she is not ready to represent GB at the World Championships.

The Welwyn Garden City 17-year-old clocked 22.95 seconds to take seventh place in the 200m in a time just outside her season’s best of 22.94secs.

Earlier this year UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee had stated his desire for Williams to compete for GB at the World Championships which take place later this month in Daegu, South Korea.

However, Williams and her support team felt it was too early in her budding career to be thrust into such a competition.

After her display at Crystal Palace in Friday’s 200m Williams told the BBC: “I think this proves I shouldn’t be there [the World Championships], I’m just not ready for it.

“This atmosphere was perfect for me to build my way up gradually rather than going straight into a World Championships having not much experience.

“That’s what I’m trying to do, gather some experience before, hopefully, going to the Olympics next year.”

The 200m itself was won by American Bianca Knight in a time of 22.69secs.

Williams, who was the only Brit on the start list, was pleased overall with the race, although was critical of a certain aspect.

“My bend was appalling, I think I was a bit fazed by everything,” said the Herts Phoenix ace who is the only British woman to run under 23 seconds this year.

“It was an incredible experience. I’m happy with it, I mean for my first Diamond League I can’t complain.

“I was hoping for a PB but it wasn’t to be.

“There was a head-wind and these girls are so fast, but I just came here for the experience so I’m happy with it.”

This senior outing came for Williams less than a month after her double gold joy at the European Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

The teen won both the 100m and 200m there to add the titles to her 2009 World Youth Championship crowns over both distances and the 2010 World Junior Championship 100m title.

Looking back on the past 12 months, the Dame Alice Owen’s A Level student added: “I’ve had a good year. I’m happy with how everything has gone and thank you everyone in believing in me.”

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