June 20 2013 Latest news:
Mark Hemmings, Sports editor
Thursday, June 21, 2012
JODIE Williams is hoping for good weather over the next few days at the Aviva Olympic Trials in Birmingham as she bids to secure a place in Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Herts Phoenix sprinter, from Welwyn Garden City, will be looking to make the women’s 100m Olympic qualifying A standard time of 11.29secs.
Williams’ personal best is 11.18secs, which she set at last year’s European Junior Championships.
However, conditions over the next few days will determine how well all the athletes run.
Earlier this week, Williams, who has just completed her A Levels, tweeted: “If it’s seriously windy this weekend I might cry.”
The 100m heats take place on Friday evening, with the semi-finals and final on Saturday.
Each nation can send up to three athletes to the Games who reach the A standard time, but one of GB’s other big hopes, Jeanette Kwakye, will not be competing in Birmingham.
The 2008 Olympic 100m finalist has an Achilles and ankle injury, however she still aims to race at London 2012 by setting the qualifying time at an alternative event.
Williams is also scheduled to race in the 200m heats on Sunday, the A standard qualifying time for that is 23.10secs, Williams’ career best is 22.79secs.
Other WGC girls down to compete at the forthcoming trials are Stephanie Gaynor and Claire Humphries who could come up against the darling of GB athletics Jessica Ennis in the 100m hurdles, the heats and finals of which are Saturday.