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Williams-Mills taking it one race at a time

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham
Williams-Mills

PARIS, France:

FOLLOWING her victory on Saturday in the Women's 400m sprint in Paris, Novlene Williams-Mills, with 20 points, is now the leader in the one-lap event for females in the IAAF Diamond League series, a title she has already won in her career.

The 2007 World Championship 400m bronze medallist said that she was pleased with her latest win. "I am very happy with the win despite the time because this is my first race after the National Senior Championships, and to come out here and win, that is good," she said.

On Saturday, she finished ahead of national champion Shericka Jackson, who was third. Williams-Mills, who took some time to leave the mixed zone after a long rest, said that she was tired after the race. "I was extremely tired after the race, but everybody else is also tired. I just ran the race according to how my body felt," she said when asked why she changed her usual tactic of going out fast very early.

STILL RUNNING

Earlier in the year, it was revealed that this could be her final year in the sport. However, the 35-year-old is still running well and continuing to be consistent. She said whether she will change her mind about retirement remains to be seen.

"People have been asking why am I hanging up my spikes now, when I am still doing well, but I guess I will just wait and see. My body is tired and you have to listen to your body," she said. "Maybe I will run one or two more races before World Championships, but, for now, I will just rest and train and see how Worlds goes. I am just taking it one race at a time," she concluded.