First senior title for sprint star Jodie Williams

PUBLISHED: 10:05 14 February 2011 | UPDATED: 17:21 05 March 2011

Jodie Williams with her first senior gold medal

Jodie Williams with her first senior gold medal

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WELWYN Garden City sprint queen Jodie Williams won her first senior national title by securing 60m gold in a personal best time at the Aviva Indoor UK Trials and Championships.

Jodie Williams

The 17-year-old Herts Phoenix athlete clocked 7.24 seconds as she triumphed in what was one of the most highly anticipated events at the English Institute of Sports in Sheffield on Saturday.

It was a stacked final which starred the UK’s top ranked trio of Williams, Bernice Wilson and Jeanette Kwakye.

All of the three had clocked the qualifying standard for next month’s European Indoor Championships in Paris prior to race.

It was the fastest time by a British athlete this year, but Williams was pushed all the way by eventual runner-up Wilson who also recorded a PB of 7.25 secs.

After her latest success, Williams, the current World junior 100m champion, said: “I’m feeling brilliant, it was amazing.

“I couldn’t ask for more in my first senior race, I’m just so happy with how it turned out, especially with such a strong field today [Saturday].

“I definitely think I can do something at the Europeans. I’m really excited.”

Williams’ superb day was rounded off with her being presented with the £1,000 award for “Aviva Outstanding Performance” of the day.


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