Barbados will be looking for their young prodigy Sada Williams to make them proud at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland from July 19 – 24. The 18 year old is the fastest junior in the world at 200 metres (22.61) this year and the third fastest at 400 metres (52.07, 52.18). But Williams also has her eyes set on taking on the older girls at the Olympic Games in Rio this August.
Sada Williams’ coach Ramon Armstrong revealed to [email protected] that the 18 year old will be competing in the 200m at the Summer Games and doing the 200 400 double at ‘World Juniors’
The Harrison College student, who only started taking track and field serious in 2014, will have only three weeks between both showcase events.
“Three weeks is enough time for her recover based on the strength work she has put in this season,” Armstrong told [email protected].
Some persons have raised concerns over junior athletes doing the junior-senior double, saying that it is too stressful on the young athletes.
However, Armstrong is not worried about the impending workload for the slender athlete and sees it as a benefit in her development.
“It would be great experience for her getting the exposure on the biggest stage in the sport. Mentally she is strong and focused enough to handle it,” he continued.
Armstrong is using tomorrow’s inaugural Racers Grand Prix in Kingston, Jamaica, as tune-up for Williams to see how she performs against the senior runners in the 200m.
“It’s great that we got a lane because she has put in a lot of work on her start and other aspects of her race. So it would be good to see how she executes and performs against stronger competition,” Armstrong said.
Williams has been in spanking form this season obliterating the Barbados national senior 200m record with a 22.61 clocking at the Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships held in March.
She not only crushed the 30-year old record, but she also set new Junior and Senior National records and attained the qualifyqualifying standard in the process.
The time would have put her in the final of the London Olympics and was also the second fastest time of the year at that time behind Australia’s Ella Nelson (22.53).