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London 2017 | Williams ready to defend hurdles title

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

LONDON, England:

She is confident, she is in form and defending 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams will arrive at the London Stadium for today's heats at the World Championships fully aware of her strength after an impressive build-up to the championships.

Williams' return to the World Championships stage will precede Aisha Praught-Leer's run in the final of the women's 3000m Steeplechase at 9:25 p.m. (3:25 p.m. Jamaica time), while Jamaica will be missing from the women's 200m final for the first time in World Championships history.

This year, Williams clocked three of her five fastest times ever in the event, two of which arrived in her last races ahead of the championships, including a confidence-boosting third-place finish in a rare showdown with the other major contenders for the podium spots at the Monaco Diamond League.

"I am definitely confident," Williams said. "I have been consistent in practise and in races, so that leads to a huge confidence lift."




She will be joined by Megan Simmonds and Yanique Thompson in the event, which starts at 10:45 a.m. (4:45 a.m.).

High jumper Kimberly Williamson, 1.89m, finished eighth in her group and 17th overall, missing out on the final, with Natoya Goule - fifth in her heat in 2:01.77 and Kimmara McDonald, 2:09.19; seventh in hers, failing to advance to the women's 800m semis.

No Jamaican advanced from the semi-final stage of the 200m yesterday. Simone Facey, 23.01 was fourth in her semi; Sashalee Forbes finished fifth in her semi-final with a time of 23.09, while Jodean Williams, 23.32, could only manage seventh.

- A.L.