Williams aims to join elite club
MONTE CARLO, Monaco:
Jamaica's five-time women's triple jump champion Kimberly Williams believes she will have to leap further than she has ever done to secure a medal at next month's Olympic Games.
The 27-year-old's personal best in the event stands at 14.62m, which she set back in 2013, but she has her sights set on the 15m barrier.
"Ever since I started the event, I have always wanted to jump 15m because that distance shows that you are a cut above the rest," Williams said. "Probably to win a medal in Rio you have to jump 15m. I am prepared to do that. I just need to execute my phases properly, be patient, and believe that I can do it."
Williams, who placed sixth at her first Olympics in 2012, is keen to improve on that finish now that she is more mature and experienced.
"In London, I was just excited to be at the event, but I have matured over the years and have become a little bit more competitive, so I am just hoping for the best and to go out there and do what I know I have to do.
"I am always working to improve on my technique to become more consistent. Over the years, my first phase has always been good, but then I struggle with the steps, so I am trying to put everything together. But there is always a small bit of it that you still have to try and fix because it is never perfect."
Williams and Shanieka Thomas were the only two Jamaican females to achieve the Olympics qualifying standard for the triple jump and have therefore earned the right to represent the country at next month's Games. She, however, believes that in due time, other female jumpers will rise to the fore in Jamaica.
"Everything takes time," Williams said. "If you look at the discus, we have three females qualifying, so we just have to wait on the new wave to come up for the triple jump."
- R. J.