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Williams-Mills has eyes on gold

Published:Friday | June 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Novlene Williams-Mills in action yesterday at the National Stadium. - Ricardo Makyn/photographer

She is feeling good, and she has all the right to.

Already gunning below 50 seconds and sitting pretty as the fourth-fastest woman over 400m on the planet, Jamaica's Olympic medal hopeful Novlene Williams-Mills is peering at London through one eye, but she knows very well that there is a job to be done here and now.

Williams-Mills, booked her spot comfortably to tomorrow's semi-final at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships inside the National Stadium with a 52.18 win in her heat.

Truth be told, many are expecting, or perhaps hoping, that the 30-year-old will claim her first Olympic Games medal in London next month, after crashing out at the semi-final stage at her two previous appearances in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

The 2007 World Championships bronze medallist has looked in fine shape this year and is keeping pace with the best across the world, with a 49.78 season best done earlier this month in Oregon.

It is performances like this that has local track and field fans expecting the best, and is testimony to the athlete's renewed self-belief and commitment.

"I just think I am more confident and have more belief in myself," said Williams-Mills. "I think I am back to the old me that you used to see in the past, and I think that is the main thing. It's going to be a great competition and I am looking forward to every bit of it."

Feels good

Williams-Mills, who will be tested this weekend by the likes of Rosemarie Whyte, Patricia Hall and Shericka Williams, is happy with her first outing at these trials and is looking forward to the competition; knowing very well that there is business to be done in Kingston before she can think too much about London.

"It feels good to come out here, get a good run and make my way to the semi-final," said Williams-Mills. "I'm pretty happy with how my preparations have been going, but at the end of the day there is still a long way to go; after this we still have a whole month to go so I just have to get through this and take it from there.

"First of all, I have to make it out of here and then from here I can start thinking about that medal. If I get to London, it's the dream to go out and get that gold medal, and I am no different where that is concerned, so I just have to focus on getting out of here and then I can start thinking about that medal," Williams-Mills added.

She may not dominate the headlines this week, but Williams-Mills is certainly one of the features of these trials and will be looking to better Loraine Fenton's 49.30 national record, which has been on the books for 10 years now.

- A.L.