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Williams-Mills looks to kick-start season

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Novlene Williams-Mills

LAUSANNE, Switzerland:

Bothered by unspecified medical challenges, Jamaican quarter-miler Novlene Williams-Mills has suffered one of her worst starts to a season; however, the veteran athlete is looking to kick-start her campaign after undergoing a series of tests.

Williams-Mills, who successfully battled cancer recently, was quick to point out that her most recent setback was not related, but did admit to being affected by uncertainties at the start of the season - resulting in last year's Diamond race winner failing to run below 51 seconds so far this year, not finishing her last race in New York and skipping the National Senior Championships.

The athlete told The Gleaner from her hotel in Lausanne, where she is set to resume competition at tomorrow's Diamond League meet in the Swiss city, that she will be using the outing as a test to see how her body responds, but noted that she now has renewed confidence and comfort, having received certain medical assurances.

"I had some medical stuff that I was dealing with, so I'm just coming back out and trying to see how my body is feeling and then go from there," Williams-Mills said.

"I had some issues medical-wise and I didn't know what was going on, so I had to do a couple tests and find out what was going on with my body but it's not something that I want to say too much about right now. As you know I am a very private person, but we just had to go and figure out what was going on," added Williams-Mills. "We have figured out the problem now, so we will take care of it the best way we can, put in the training and see how my body responds to everything, and take it race by race; I'll maybe run another couple races before the World Championships and take it from there."

The 33-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer weeks before competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where she finished fifth in the 400m before helping Jamaica to a 4x400m bronze.

After successful treatment, Mills remained active in the sport, again making the final of the 2013 World Championships before winning nine of her 15 400m races last year, while taking the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.

The athlete has so far posted a season best of 51.11, which sits way off her personal best of 49.63.

She will come up against Sanya Richards-Ross, Natasha Hastings and Shaunae Miller in the 400m here.