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Alana Reid takes down Briana Williams in Kingston

The clash between two of Jamaica's talented sprinters, Alana Reid defeated Briana Williams in the 100m at the JAAA All-Comers 2023 Series meeting.

Alana Reid of Hydel High School wins the 100m dash
Alana Reid of Hydel High School wins the 100m title. Photo by Anthony Foster/TrackAlerts

KINGSTON (May 21) — Alana Reid, the rising Jamaican star in junior sprinting, delivered a stunning performance by defeating Olympic 4x100m relay gold medalist Briana Williams in the women’s 100-meter race at the JAAA All-Comers 2023 Series meeting at the prestigious National Stadium in Kingston, on Saturday night (20).

In a thrilling display against her more senior competitors, Reid, who has been in exceptional form this season, crossed the finish line in 11.16 seconds, edging out fellow young sprint star Williams, who finished a close second in 11.20 seconds.

Taking off from lane one, Williams sprinted ahead of the pack, positioning herself well for a victorious run. Read more: World champion Shericka Jackson runs 22.25 in 200m season debut

However, Reid, who is currently the top female 100m runner in the World U20 rankings in 2023 with a remarkable personal best of 10.92 seconds, made a powerful surge in the final meters, overtaking her compatriot and securing another impressive victory.

Tia Clayton, another talented junior, claimed third place with a time of 11.36 seconds, rounding out the podium finishers in a highly competitive race.

The outstanding performance by Reid, the World U20 Championships 200m bronze medalist in Cali, last summer, signifies the depth of talent within Jamaica’s track and field program.

The 18-year-old, who signed with the University of Oregon, will be aiming to secure a spot on the Jamaica team at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in August.

Racquel Smith joined World-Track and Field Website in 2008 as a contributor for the Beijing Olympic Games and she has grown with us ever since. Despite being a mother of two, Racquel has been one of our main go-to writers from Caribbean meetings.

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