Jodie Williams dominates the 100m in a UK U20 record of 11.18 in Tallinn
Teenage sprint sensation Jodie Williams has wrapped up a second gold over 200m in spectacular fashion in Tallinn to carve her name into a special elite group that have accomplished a sprint double in the history of the European U20 Championships.
She was always an overwhelming favourite to achieve the feat, even before the current season started, but there is a long way still between that and having turned your aim into shape and even the very best can tell you that. But now they are there tucked and safe in her bag and she can shed the pressure off her shoulders.
The 17-year-old laid her mark down from the semifinals as she eased off to a 23.21 secs into a -1.5m headwind and returned later to face the same wind and the clock as her only real rivals in the final. Getting out of her blocks to a flying start, she powered round a superb bend to dispense quickly with any token resistance from the field and pulled well away down the home straight to a thumping victory in 22.94 secs, a SB and a UK leading mark this season.
Perfectly executed down to a T and had conditions been more generous she could have eclipsed that 22.79 secs from last summer at Loughborough. As a matter of fact, the wind bowed and afforded her a nice favourable breeze (0.5m/sec) as she stormed to her first gold in a new UK U20 record of 11.18 secs in the 100m the previous day. But it wasn’t to be this once.
Jodie’s 200m post race interview
Jodie may be feeling that she has still got unfinished business with her 200m time but she will have to put that aside for a while to focus on taking home a third gold with the 4x100m team. She is going to definitely have a couple of chances before she calls it a season, as anticipated, early next month – the UK Trials in Birmingham and the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace.
Incidentally, both her times formed A standards for both Daegu and the Olympic Games in London next year although it matters only for the latter as she has long decided to go round the World Championships.