London 2017 | Williams-Mills bracing for emotional London return
Veteran quarter-miler Novlene Williams-Mills is bracing for what she expects will be an emotional return to the London Olympic Stadium, five years after competing at the 2012 Olympic Games shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Williams-Mills, who despite the diagnosis, helped Jamaica to a mile relay bronze medal, will be competing in her seventh and final World Championships after featuring in Helsinki (2005), Osaka (2007), Berlin (2009), Daegu (2011), Moscow (2013) and Beijing (2015) and while she is expecting to face the memories, the 35 year-old is also looking to make a new mark at the championship.
"This is going to be like my sixth World Championships, for me just to go out there and come back here after five years ago in London; I know what London was for me like five years ago, so to be back in this place with not so sweet memories is going to be a challenge, but this time I want them to be better memories than the ones I had back then," Williams-Mills told The Gleaner.
Williams-Mills, who has won six World Championships medals including individual bronze in Osaka and gold that followed a gutsy anchor leg from her in Beijing last time around will line up in the women's 400m heats on Sunday at 11:55 a.m. (5:55 a.m. Jamaica time).
Trying to relax
"Right now I am just trying to relax but I know on Sunday it's going to be a different emotion once I get into the starting blocks again. It's going to take me back to memories that are a part of me but memories that I have to live with because it's something that will always be a part of my life, but I know it will be emotional when I get back into those starting blocks. So I know I will have to be mentally focused because that was then and this is now," said Williams-Mills.
Williams-Mills, who also competed at four Olympic Games throughout her career, says she will be closing her World Championships chapter here in London.
"The next World Championships will be in 2019 and I don't think I will be around for that one I think Jamaica has so many quarter-milers that are stepping up to the plate and will be there to represent Jamaica. As I have told people, I think I have represented Jamaica really well over the last few years and every year it's always someone else and we have some great ladies that are doing really well in the 400m," Williams-Mills said.