Jodie smashes championship best
PUBLISHED: 17:09 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009
HERTS Phoenix speed machine Jodie Williams broke the Under-15 girls 60 metres South of England Indoor Championship record three times as she rocketed to gold. The Queenswood School pupil showed the fruits of her winter training with a sensational perform
HERTS Phoenix speed machine Jodie Williams broke the Under-15 girls' 60 metres South of England Indoor Championship record three times as she rocketed to gold.
The Queenswood School pupil showed the fruits of her winter training with a sensational performance at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
Jodie already held the championship best in the event after recording a time of 7.78 seconds last year.
The WGC teenager shattered that mark three times in a day this time around at the Picketts Lock indoor track.
She ran 7.69 secs in her heat and bettered that with 7.67 secs in her semi-final.
The Phoenix sprint sensation then improved again to win the final with an amazing 7.60 secs.
That was half a second clear of runner-up Clieo Stephenson from Norwich and would have been fast enough to win the U17 final as well.
By romping to victory Jodie, who is just 14, is in the top 10 fastest women at that distance in the country this year.
She tops the national rankings in both the U15 and U17 age groups and is even third in the U20 women's 60m indoor standings.
Her winning time of 7.60 secs last weekend also moved her up to second on the UK all-time list for an U15 athlete behind Sydney Olympics 400m bronze medallist Katharine Merry.
Jodie replaced Jane Parry's mark of 7.61 secs, which had stood since 1979.
Merry's fastest time of 7.35 secs was set at Cosford in 1989.
A nominee in this year's Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards, Jodie enjoyed a remarkable 2007 on the track.
She won the U15 60m England Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham last February and was later crowned English Schools' 100m champion outdoors in the summer.
The golden girl from WGC then completed a 100m and 200m sprint double at the England Athletics U15 Championships in Sheffield.
Jodie finished the year ranked number one in the country in the age group at 100m and 200m and 10th in the long jump.
Her next big indoors competition is at Birmingham NIA on February 2 and she returns there on February 23 for the National Championships.