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London 2017 | I let everyone down - Williams

Published:Thursday | August 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Kimberley Williams

LONDON, England:

Triple Jumper Kimberly Williams was left disappointed with her performance in the World Championships final inside the London Stadium earlier this week. 

Williams finished 10th with a best mark of 14.01 metres in an event that was won by Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, 14.91m, ahead of Caterine Ibarguen, 14.89m, of Colombian and Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova, 14.77m. 

The other Jamaican in the final, Shanieka Ricketts, was eighth with a distance of 14.13m. 
Williams’ best effort came at the first attempt and was followed by a foul and a surprising 13.95m on her final attempt with the experienced Jamaican failing to secure another three attempts after finishing outside the top eight. 

“I am disappointed, I know I am better than 14.01m but I am not upset or anything, it’s just what I did on the day and it just did not come together for me,” she said of her performance.

“I can’t expect to be mediocre and get into the finals because everyone is coming with their 'A' game and unfortunately, I came with my 'Z' game. I don’t know, I know that I am good enough to be in the final eight so it was tough to see it go on without me.

“In 2009 Berlin and 2011 in Daegu when I didn’t make the finals then, I was young and still inexperienced but after 2012 I knew that I belonged and I should have done better here and I feel like I let all my fans and family down because I didn’t compete as expected,” Williams said. 

“When it happened I laid down and wondered if this was real because I know I am way better than some of those girls out there,” she said.

“Moving forward I just need to do better, get things together so I would never feel like this again or be in this position.”

Williams’ finished fifth and fourth at the last two World Championships and was seventh and sixth at the London and Rio Olympics. Her best this season is the 14.60m mark registered at the National Championships.