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Danielle Williams eyes faster times, more success

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Jamaica's Danielle Williams (centre) crosses the line first to win the women's 100m hurdles final at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

Twenty-three-year-old Danielle Williams is hoping her 100-metres hurdles title at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)/World Champion-ships in Beijing, China, will lay the foundations for a successful and rewarding international career.

With her superb 12.57 clocking, the Jamaican finished ahead of Germany's Cindy Roleder, 12.58, and joined Brigitte Foster-Hylton as the only Jamaicans to win the event at the world level.

Now, Williams, who also won the World University Games title this year, says it is back to the drawing board and more hard work as she looks to get her personal best time below 12.50 in the coming season.

"I had set a target this year of running 12.49. I haven't met that target as yet, but I think I will make that my goal for next season," she told The Gleaner.

 

hungry for more

 

She's on top the world in her event, but Williams says she remains humble and still has the hunger for even more success.

"My life hasn't changed one bit; nobody recognises me. I've been told I look quite different in person than on the television," she said.

"I am an adidas brand ambassador. It is a big achievement. Five years ago, if somebody had told me that this is the way my life would have gone, I would have probably said 'that's not possible', but I am happy, and I think I am extremely blessed and just embracing it," she acknowledged.

"I have been working hard. I wouldn't say that I've been working harder than anybody else, but it's my time," she continued.

Williams added that she went into the World Championships just hoping for the best.

"I was just hoping to make the final. I thought I could make the final, but I wasn't confident of medalling until I made the semi-final run. Then I saw that it might be possible at that point in time," she explained.

"I always relish being an underdog, I don't like going into any competition and being the one to watch. I don't think it puts pressure on me, but I like being the underdog," she stressed, adding that coach Lennox Graham had advised her to run a few races before the national trials and a few races afterwards so that she would be sharp for the Beijing World Championships.