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Williams : Everything happens for a reason

Published:Monday | August 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

KIMBERLY WILLIAMS finished second in the triple jump at the Birmingham leg of the IAAF Diamond League with a distance of 14.44 metres on Sunday. Her teammate Shanieka Ricketts placed sixth with 14.00m.

Having failed to reach the final of the IAAF World Championships earlier this month, Williams told The Gleaner that she was pleased to return to form following her London setback.

“I am pretty pleased and wish this had come a week ago in London. I really struggled in London. I just had a bad meet and today I was determined to put it behind me and focus on a new task at hand," said Williams. “I just believe that everything happens for a reason. God gave me my talent and I am just using it. If it does not go the way I want it to go, I need to understand that is not his plan.”

The experienced campaigner said she is now focused on ending her season on a positive note at the Zurich Diamond League meet and is already thinking about next season's Commonwealth Games, where she hopes to defend the title she won four years ago in Glasgow. 

"My last meeting is Zurich. I really would love to finish the season with a personal best or season’s best. We will see. I feel good and just need to execute it.”

"First I have to make plans with my coach (regarding Commonwealth Games). I know we are going to do the World Indoors in Birmingham and since we are going to do that, we might as well do the Commonwealth Games, as it is just a couple of weeks after that in April. After the Commonwealth Games, I will take a little break and see what happens," Williams said. 

The Gleaner asked Williams about Jamaica’s overall performance at the World Championships in London, which only yielded one gold medal compared to previous global meets in recent times. The triple jumper, however, believes the Jamaicans will bounce back and continue to be dominant on the world stage. 

"We have been spoiled over the years," Williams said. "Whatever happened in London is all in God’s plan. We just have to be patient. I believe we will do better in future.”

On Usain Bolt’s departure from the sport she said: "I do miss my teammate. I miss him already. He is so funny. I know that whatever he decides to do next in life he will do to the best of his ability. He will stay connected to the track world.”