Triple jumper Williams looks to Paris test
After missing out on a bronze medal by three centimetres at the last IAAF World Championships in Moscow two years ago, Jamaican triple jumper Kimberly Williams is looking to hop, skip and jump into full preparations for next month's instalment in Beijing, with a positive showing at today's IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris.
Williams landed in the pit with a personal best 14.62m in Moscow, but that wasn't enough to beat Olha Saladuha's 14.65m for third place.
After suffering an injury at the May 9 Jamaica International Invitational, Williams finally returned to competitive action at last week's Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/
Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships, winning the title with a 14.34m effort - a positive indication for the 26-year-old who is getting ready for her fourth World Championships.
"I'm really pleased with my series in Jamaica. When I watched the videos, I was behind the board on all jumps. I was over 14m for all five jumps though, and the last jump was the only time I got on the board. So, hopefully, here I can get on the board and get a decent jump in," Williams told The Gleaner.
Ironically, Williams also finished fourth the last time she jumped in Paris, despite a 14.48m mark on that occasion back in 2013. This time around, she will face another tough group of jumpers with the top three from the 2013 World Championships - completed by gold medallist Caterine Ibarguen and Ekaterina Koneva the silver medal winner, along with many of whom are expected to make up the final in Beijing also confirmed.
"I just need to trust in my talent and execute. I feel like I'm as good as those girls, and maybe even better. I just need one jump where everything comes together," Williams added before comparing her mindset going into the World Championships.
She will be calling on that experience when the pit war begins today at 1:12 p.m. (Jamaica time).