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Wow! What a run Briana Williams has had at the under 18 athletic levels.
Williams, the 18-year-old American-born Jamaican female sprinter, is the world’s age-15 record holder, and the Jamaican junior (under-20) record holder in both the women’s 100 and 200 meters.
She earned gold medals in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, and the 4 × 100 meters relay at the 2018 CARIFTA Games in the under-17 category, setting championship records in the 100 meters and 4 × 100 meters relay, earning her the games’ Austin Sealy award.
Later that year, she charted up more wins by becoming the youngest girl ever to win both the 100 meters and the 200 meters at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere.
For her athletics achievements in 2018, she was nominated for the IAAF Female Rising Star and the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year awards.
At the 2019 CARIFTA Games, Williams again tripled in the 100 m, 200 m, and 4 × 100 m relay to win three gold medals in the under-20 category, and was the first Jamaican to earn the games’ Austin Sealy award two years in a row since Usain Bolt in 2004.
Now, at 18 years old, Williams is not only saying goodbye to all things Junior in athletics but also to her high school — Northeastern as she participated recently in the school’s graduation ceremony.
Williams will now turn her attention to college and continue her athletics prowess at the professional level.
However, Briana will miss her high school, and the wonderful experience gained, and knowledge learned as well as the interaction with both classmates and teachers.
“It feels great to complete high school. I will miss all the fun moments I had in high school, especially with my friends and teacher,” she said in a press report.
“I won’t miss having to go so far, waking up at 6 am each morning,” she said.
Williams will begin a new phase in her life, and she reportedly said, “I see myself doing well and thriving in my professional career.”
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