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Williams targets more podium success

Published:Monday | March 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Kimberly Williams

IAAF World Indoor Champion-ships triple jump bronze medallist, Kimberly Williams, says that she was driven to the podium in Sopot, Poland, by last year's near-medal finish at the outdoor championships where she finished in fourth place.

Williams, who has been showing steady im-provements since leaving Florida State University and joining the professional ranks in 2012, posted a personal best 14.62 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, missing the podium by mere centimetres.

It was an experience that the 25-year-old has used to her benefit, calling on the disappointments of Moscow to motivate her as she claimed her first top-three finish at an international championships after appearances in the final at the 2011 IAAF World Indoor Championships, the 2012 Olympic Games and last year's World Championships.

"Being so close to the medals in Moscow actually made me realise that I belonged in the top echelon of triple jumpers in the world, and getting a medal in Sopot proves it," Williams told The Gleaner, through text messages.

With a mark of 14.39m that placed her behind gold medal winner Ekaterina Koneva from Russia, 14.46m, and silver medallist Olga Saladukha (Ukraine), 14.45m, Williams became the first Jamaican to win a medal in the women's triple jump at the global level since Trecia-Kaye Smith won gold at the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki.

But it's only the beginning for the youngster, who is determined that her medal success won't stop in Sopot.


"I'm very thankful that I finally won a medal here, but I am not satisfied," Williams noted. "I feel like this is only the beginning for me."

Williams, who enjoyed top-three finishes in eight of her 13 competitions last season, is now hoping to build on the success and is targeting further podium success at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

"I haven't finalised my plans as yet, so I can't say much on that, but the Commonwealth Games is part of my plans," said Williams.