Williamson demolishes the 100m field (slow motion from the top of the home straight), including Chambers, at the UK World Trials in 2009

As Simeon Williamson ruled supreme over Dwain Chambers from gun to tape in a sensational 10.05 secs into a strong headwind (-1.8m/secs) in the 100m UK World Trials final three summers ago, even mighty Usain Bolt felt called on to come out and acknowledge the quality and potential threat of the Briton as a rising force on the global scene.

Nevertheless, the promise didn’t last even as far as Berlin down the same summer. Williamson picked up and injury in the run-up and was visibly limping along as he crashed out as early as the quarterfinals, screwing up his courage to lead off the British short relay quartet to a consolation of a bronze medal. That was meant to be his last notable piece of action to date.

A persisting knee injury sidelined him through the entire 2010 and last summer was sparsely seen in action at low-key meeting clocking times that, as Jon Ridgeon once put it coming back from a two-year absence, he could easily set as a youth, a SB of 10.56 secs (-0.2m/sec) in Luzern. But so many times the comeback path can prove so rough to tread.

But, at length, hard times seem to set behind him as he is on a trouble-free run in training after a long time and can see glimmers of hope in the distance again. What’s more,  to very much everyone’s delight, he looks set to stage a full scale competitive comeback into the new indoor season to dust off his sprinting and set up nicely for the summer, as he revealed to Daily Star.


On top of that, his long-term absence seems to have dented none of his confidence either as he intends to draw his game back on track by means of a place in the 100m final in London, adding substance to the words of partial training partner Bolt.

Should Williamson reignite his top rank prospects and with Chambers all but certain to regain Olympic eligibility the scene could be set for a resurgence of British sprint back into the top flight with two runners capable of dipping under 10 secs, a strength that could be added to if talented James Dasaolu can steer clear of injuries or any other problems through the summer.

Tyrone Edgar also returns to racing indoors next month fully-fit for the first time since 2009 and with Mark Lewis-Francis, Harry Aikines-Ayreety, Marlon Devonish, Christian Malcolm and Craig Pickering around the makings are there for an exciting Olympic season to build up in the sprints – and none should overlook the likes of James Ellington and Luke Fagan.