World record falls as Allyson Felix races Jodie Williams
PUBLISHED: 16:30 28 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:30 28 May 2013
WELWYN Garden City sprinter Jodie Williams took to the streets of Manchester in an unusual match-up on Saturday.
The 19-year-old took on Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix over 150m in the BT Great City Games which was shown live on BBC television.
The race took place on a specially laid straight track on Deansgate in the middle of central Manchester where crowds flocked, for free, to get a glimpse of the athletes in action.
Felix won the race in a world record time of 16.36secs, with GB ace Anyika Onuora second with a national best of 16.63secs.
American Lauryn Williams was third in 16.64secs with Hertfordshire’s very own Jodie Williams fourth clocking 16.81secs.
The teenager is hoping for a productive season after suffering a hamstring injury last year that ruled her out of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Speaking on Twitter, she said: “Had a great time at #GreatCityGames what an amazing atmosphere!
“Feels great to run again and in a decent time too #happygirlie.”
Williams’ 100m personal best, set at the 2011 European Junior Championships, is 11.18secs.
The teenager showed on Saturday that hard work over the winter is getting her back in the groove.
She was clearly pleased with her 100m split time over the 150m distance, adding: “Just found out my split to 100 was 11.32, can not complain about that at all! Over the moon.”
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