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Williams seeking right bounce for Rio medal

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Triple jumper Kimberly Williams in action during yesterday's qualification round for the women's event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:

Four years ago, Kimberly Williams was a wide-eyed youngster who was not quite sure what to expect from her first Olympic experience.

A Commonwealth title, World Indoor Championships bronze, and two appearances in the final of the World Championships have come and gone since then for the bubbly Jamaican who, having established herself as the leading Caribbean triple jumper, is here in Rio de Janeiro with far greater convictions.

Making the final was expected. The ambition now is to finish as one of the top-three triple jumpers in the world.

Williams hopped, skipped and jumped into the medal round with a best effort of 14.22m in yesterday's qualification round, but was not exactly satisfied with the execution of her series.

"It was early and I thought I would feel more bouncy, but the bounce was off today, but the main objective was to make it to the next round, so I need to be thankful I'm healthy and I'm in the finals for tomorrow (tonight).

The women's triple jump final will take place at 8:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. Jamaica time) inside the Olympic Stadium tonight.

Williams shared that she was not able to get stretched ahead of her competition because none of the physiotherapists and massage therapists named to treat members of the Jamaican team was present at the stadium ahead of her event.

"I don't want to put any pressure on myself. I just want to go out there and get worked on. This morning (yesterday), my usual routine - I needed someone to stretch me and stuff, but there was no one to stretch me at the warm-up area, so my regular routine that I normally do, I wasn't able to do that this morning (yesterday), but you know, you have to work with what you can work with and, hopefully, I will have everything in place that I need tomorrow night (tonight)," Williams said.

LOOKING TO HAVE FUN

The Jamaican says she wants to be more aggressive in her approach, but she is also looking to have some fun as well.

"You always need to have fun; you can't pressure yourself too much. [Before my run-ups,] I was telling myself that I could do this. I have been here before, so I was reminding myself that there was no need to do something that I have never done before. I just need to finish the phases and be aggressive and get it done," Williams told The Sunday Gleaner.

"Going into the final, I need to be a little more aggressive. I can't be too relaxed in the runway. I have to get it going early. It's going to be in the night. It's cold by

5 p.m. sometimes here, so I need to get it going early," she said.

Williams' mark was the sixth best among all qualifiers, with London 2012 silver-medal winner and two-time World champion Caterine Ibarguen (Colombia) leading the list with her 14.52m effort.