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Briana Williams
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Personal information
Full name Briana Nichole Williams
Nationality American and Jamaican
Born 21 March 2002 (2002-03-21) (age 19)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Sport
Country Jamaica
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Sprints
Club Born 2 Do It
Turned pro 2020
Coached by Ato Boldon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 100 m: 10.97 (2021)
  • 200 m: 22.50 (2018)

Briana Nichole Williams (born 21 March 2002) is a Jamaican-American female athlete competing for Jamaica in the 100 metres and 200 metres sprints. She became the youngest athlete to win the women's 100 metres and 200 metres double at the 2018 World Under-20 Championships in Tampere at age 16.

She holds the girls' 100 metres age-15 world record with a time of 11.13 seconds, set in March 2018. She is both the Jamaican under-18 and under-20 record holder in both the women's 100 metres and 200 metres, with personal bests of 10.97 seconds and 22.50 seconds respectively.

Athletics career

2018

On March 17 at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida, Williams broke the world age-15 record in the girls' 100 metres, winning in a time of 11.13 seconds. The previous record had been 11.17 seconds, set almost 27 years prior by Marion Jones on 1 June 1991.

Two weeks later she earned gold medals in the 100 metres, the 200 metres, and the 4 × 100 metres relay at the 2018 CARIFTA Games in the under-17 category, setting championship records in the 100 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay.

In July she became the youngest athlete ever to win both the women's 100 metres and the 200 metres at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere.

2019

At the 2019 CARIFTA Games in April, Williams again tripled in the 100 m, 200 m, and 4 × 100 m relay to win three gold medals in the under-20 category.

On 1 June, Williams set a new Jamaican under-18 and under-20 record in the women's 100 metres at the JAC Open in Jacksonville, Florida, improving on Kiara Grant's under-20 record set the month prior by one hundredth of a second to 11.10 seconds. Grant took the record back a week later at the NCAA Division I Championships in Austin, Texas with a 11.04 seconds finish in the final, but less than an hour later Williams improved the record to 11.02 seconds at the Great Southwest Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Williams ran 10.94 s in the 100 m final at the Jamaican Championships on 21 June 2019, which would have set the world under-18 best time and improved her Jamaican under-20 record. However, she tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during the competition. She was ruled to be not at fault and received no period of ineligibility to compete, but her results from the Jamaican Championships were nullified.

2021

Williams improved her official Jamaican under-20 record of 11.02 seconds in the women's 100 metres at the JAC Summer Open in Jacksonville, Florida on 30 May, clocking 11.19 seconds in the prelims and then winning the final in 11.01 seconds. A day later in the American Track League at the same track she ran 10.97 in the prelims, but the time was assisted by a +2.5 m/s wind, making it ineligible for record purposes which allow no more than a +2.0 m/s wind velocity. In the final she clocked 10.98 seconds to win with only a +1.0 m/s wind, setting her second Jamaican under-20 record in two days. In June 2021, Williams placed fourth at the Jamaican National Championships with a time of 11.01 in the 100 metres, thus not qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics in that event. However, she competed at the Olympics as a part of the 4 x 100 metres relay team, winning the gold medal.

Awards and recognition

Williams earned the Austin Sealy award at the CARIFTA Games in 2018 and then 2019 for her records set and gold medals earned in the 100 metres, 200 metres, and 4 × 100 metres relay in both editions. She was the first Jamaican athlete to win the award two years in a row since Usain Bolt in 2004.

For her athletics achievements in 2018 she was nominated for the IAAF Female Rising Star and the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year awards.

Statistics

Personal bests

Event Time (s) Wind (m/s) Venue Date Notes
60 m 7.15 -1.1 Kingston, Jamaica 25 January 2020 Jamaican under-20 record
Indoor 60 m 7.18 N/A New York, New York, U.S. 8 February 2020 Indoor Jamaican under-20 record
100 m 10.97 +1.2 Miramar, Florida, U.S. 5 June 2021 Jamaican under-20 record
10.93 w +3.6 Miramar, Florida, U.S. 5 June 2021 Wind-assisted
200 m 22.50 −0.1 Tampere, Finland 14 July 2018 Jamaican under-18 and under-20 record
4×100 m relay 41.02 N/A Tokyo, Japan 6 August 2021 Jamaican national record, 2nd all-time

International championship results

  • CR = championship record
  • PB = personal best
  • SB = seasonal best
  • NU20R = national (Jamaican) under-20 record
  • NU18R = national under-18 record
Representing  Jamaica
Year Competition Position Event Time Wind (m/s) Venue Notes
2017 CARIFTA Games (U18) 3rd 100 m 11.80 −1.6 Willemstad, Curaçao
2018 CARIFTA Games (U17) 1st 100 m 11.27 +1.6 Nassau, Bahamas CR
1st 200 m 23.11 +1.1 PB
1st 4×100 m relay 44.95 N/A CR, PB
World U20 Championships 1st 100 m 11.16 0.0 Tampere, Finland
1st 200 m 22.50 −0.1 NU20R, NU18R, CR
2019 CARIFTA Games (U20) 1st 100 m 11.25 +0.3 Georgetown, Cayman Islands SB
1st 200 m 22.89 +0.9 SB
1st 4×100 m relay 44.25 N/A PB
NACAC U18 Championships 1st 100 m 11.11 +1.5 Querétaro, Mexico CR
Pan American U20 Championships 1st 100 m 11.38 −1.4 San José, Costa Rica
2nd 4×100 m relay 44.36 N/A
2021 Olympic Games 1st 4×100 m relay 41.02 N/A Tokyo, Japan NR

National championship results

  • PB = personal best
  • DQ = disqualified
Year Competition Position Event Time Wind (m/s) Venue Notes
2017 Jamaican Under-20 Championships 2nd 100 m 11.30 +1.6 Kingston, Jamaica PB
2nd 200 m 23.57 +0.5 PB
2018 Jamaican Championships 5th 100 m 11.21 +0.4 Kingston, Jamaica
2019 Jamaican Championships 3rd DQ 100 m 10.94 +0.6 Kingston, Jamaica
2021 Jamaican Championships 4th 100 m 11.01 - Kingston, Jamaica

Seasonal bests

  • w = wind-assisted (over +2.0 m/s)
Year 100 metres 200 metres
2014 13.25
2015 12.09 24.79
2016 12.58 26.16
2017 11.30 23.56
2018 11.13 22.50
2019 11.02 22.88
2020 12.43 24.70
2021 10.97 22.93 w
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