Historic Double Completed by Jamaica’s Brianna Williams at U20

Saturday was a big day for Jamaica’s Brianna Willams who secured the women’s sprint double at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. She won the 200 meters in a record time with a personal best performance of 22.50 seconds. 

She is the youngest competitor, as she turned 16 a few months before she went to Tampere. Her time is the 11th best of all time at the U20 championships. She won the race ahead of the USA runner by 0.59 second and that was the second biggest ever.

The IAAF quoted her as saying “I was a bit tired and nervous before the race.” She also said “In the future I want to be the youngest Olympic medalist in Tokyo 2020. But there are a lot of chances to succeed before then as well.”
She had won gold in the 100 meters race 2 days before, making her the youngest to claim the sprint double at the championships.

She is the fourth athlete to claim the dash double in the championships, Veronica Campbell Brown, Anthonique Strachan, and Tezdzhan Naimova are the others.