22-year old Danielle Williams won the Women’s 100 metres Hurdles at the 15th IAAF World Championships. Danielle ran a personal best of 12.57 clipping 0.01 seconds off the time she set in the semi-final. Her sister Shermaine was 7th in 12.97. Cindy Roleder of Germany was a close second in a personal best of 12.59 and Alina Talay of Belarus was third in a national record of 12.66.
Danielle got off slowly as in the semi-final, but gained momentum midway the race. She survived a late surge from Cindy Roleder.
Williams is a former student of the Queens School and Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in the United States. Along with sister Shermaine, they were coached at Johnson C. Smith University by former Kingston College hurdler and coach, Lennox Graham. Graham was Shermaine’s former high school coach while she attended Alpha Academy in Kingston.
Danielle failed to medal and finished fourth in the sprint hurdles final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in 13.06 seconds.
It was a fruitful day for Jamaica. The Caribbean island ended the day with 1 gold, 2 silvers and a bronze medal to remain in 3rd position on the overall medals table.