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Williams-Mills wins 400m in Stockholm

Published:Thursday | June 16, 2016 | 3:59 PM
Williams-Mills ... “To come out of the race being healthy, that’s the most important thing.”

Joel Campbell, Gleaner Writer

Conditions were far from ideal in Stockholm for the eighth instalment of the 2016 Diamond League competition, but that didn’t stop Novlene Williams-Mills from emerging victorious in the 400m.

Williams-Mills, 34, has registered a season’s best time of 50.87s over the one lap sprint but that mark was never under threat here at the Olympic Stadium.

An understandably tentative start in the wet saw Williams-Mills take it easy around the first curve onto the back straight.

The former world champion wound her race up slowly and coming into the home straight she held off the challenge from Britain’s Anyika Onuora and Italian Libania Grenot who finished in second and third place respectively, to take the win.

Her composed performance was notably more positive than the winning time of 52.29s and having banked another competitive race ahead of the national Olympic trials she told The Gleaner that ultimately, coming through the race in one piece was the goal.

“To come out of the race being healthy, that’s the most important thing,” Williams-Mills said.

She added: “The conditions were not the best but I still have to give God thanks. Every time you compete and leave the race healthy then you get the chance to fight another day.

'Every time I go into a race I expect to win, today though, the most important thing was to walk away healthy. It’s cold and the warm up wasn’t great so I’m glad to have run a good race and walk away in one piece.

“It would be great to get the Diamond League title, but at the end of the day making it to the Olympics is the most important thing.”