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Penn Relays: STETHS Williams gives Jamaica early success in winning 400m Hurdles

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2015 | 4:39 AMRaymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

It was a positive start for Jamaican athletes this morning, the final day of competition at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, as St Elizabeth Technical's (STETHS) Marvin Williams, competing in the first event for High School Boys, the Championships of America 400 metres Hurdles was impressive in winning the event in 51.10 seconds in chilly condition.

It was also the fourth best time ever at the Penn Relays for High School Boys.

Williams, the World Youth champion who finished second a year ago in the event behind Jaheel Hyde got away quickly, but he was closely tracked by Rai Benjamin of Mount Vernon, before holding off his opponent in the end for a good win as Benjamin finished second in 51.29 seconds with John Lewis of Cheltenham finishing third in 52.46 seconds.

Kingston College's Orlando Smith finished fifth in 53.13 seconds.

Williams was happy for the win. "I am very pleased with my performance and I think my execution was okay as my plan was to attack the first four hurdles", said Williams.