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Coaching Athletics Quarterly
Monday, 09 April 2018 18:27

Jamaica Gleaner- Boldon's Briana Blueprint

Written by Andre Lowe
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Great read for coaches about Ato Boldon, himself a former junior and senior World Champion, on working with world-class junior athletes. Whether athletes we coach are as good as Briana Williams or someone trying to break 6:00 for the mile, a long-term focus will always yield the best results...

It is easy to see what all the fuss is about where young Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams is concerned.

With a personal best of 11.13 seconds, which makes her the fastest 15-year-old female in the history of the 100m and a record-breaking performance at the recent Carifta Games in The Bahamas, where she won the Austin Sealy Award after breaking a 20-year 100m record with an 11.27 seconds run, taking the 200m in a personal best 23.11 and helping Jamaica to the 4x100m relay title, there's little wonder she's being heralded as a flag-bearer for Jamaica's next breed of sprinting royalty.

"(I was) very pleased with Briana at Carifta. It's one thing to be contending. It's another thing to be the big favourite coming in with all the hype and headlines and still deliver that sort of performance. I thought she'd run faster in the 200m, but she was hanging on by a thread at that point after five races in three days. That's a sign that she's becoming a champion," shared her coach Ato Boldon - the former Trinidadian world champion and multiple Olympic medal winner.

Read the rest of the article at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20180408/boldons-briana-blueprint

photo: Gladstone Taylor

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