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Williams looks to soar past hamstring issues

Published:Thursday | June 2, 2016 | 6:00 AM
Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams competing in the women’s triple jump at the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Williams finished fifth.

ROME, Italy:

Forced to withdraw from the Doha Diamond League at the beginning of last month, triple jumper Kimberly Williams says she is looking forward to putting her injury issues behind as she gets ready to take on the Golden Gala Rome Diamond League today.

Williams has been bothered by a troublesome hamstring injury over the past few seasons and only made her seasonal debut last year at the National Senior Championships.

The issue has followed her into 2016, but the athlete says she is now ready to give a good account in Rome and believes she has enough time to get ready to push for a spot at her second Olympic Games.

"I'm very excited about this meet. It's my first meet, I'm healthy and I'm just looking to going out there, competing, and having fun," she told The Gleaner, before explaining her decision to pull out of the Doha meet.

"I have a history of having hamstring injuries, unfortunately, and when I got to Doha, my leg was swollen to the point where I wasn't able to stretch properly and I couldn't touch my toes, so we decided to pull out," she shared. "I didn't want to hurt my hamstring anymore because if that happens, it would be another few weeks that I don't have to waste trying to get healthy, especially in an Olympic year.

 

ACHES AND PAINS

 

"But this type of thing comes with the territory. Once you are working hard every day in practice, sometimes your body will break down. As an athlete, you know it's a part of the sport. Sometimes you are 100 per cent, and other times, you will have a lot of aches and pains."

Williams says she will be using today's meet to gauge her level or readiness and to identify areas that need attention heading into trials.

"I'm really looking to focus on myself and see where I am at. I lost some time in training because I had to be doing rehab, so this will go a long way to show me what I need to work on and what I am behind on," she said.

"I think I will be all right. Trials was my first meet last year, which is why I wasn't too disappointed with my season because I knew I didn't get to do as much as I wanted to. At least, this year, I should go into trials with two meets under my belt, so I should have some amount of rhythm," Williams said.

She is also expected to compete at the Birmingham Diamond League on June 5.

- A.L.