There would be no sprint double at the Moncton 2010 World Junior Championships. After Lee’s elimination in the men’s race, only Jodie Williams remained on course for such a double but the 16-year-old British prodigy was beaten into second in tonight’s final.
Williams most probably paid for the fatigue accumulated in the 100 and 200 rounds – she had said she was shattered after last night’s semi-finals. But she also paid for a mediocre start.
Stormy Kendrick who is two and a half years older than Williams literally stormed out of the clocks and ran an impressive curve to enter the final straight with a good two metres to spare. Williams wasn’t even in second position at this stage, 100m bronze medallist Jamile Samuel also running a strong bend managing to keep Williams on her heels.
The young British sprinter could sense it was time to change pace and although she did push harder she didn’t seem quite as fluid as she had been in the shorter sprinter final.
Williams passed Samuel with 40 metres to go but could not catch up with the powerful Kendrick who was confidently sprinting to her country’s first gold medal of the competition.
Kendrick was rewarded with a new personal best 22.99 while Williams clocked her third fastest of the year at 23.19. The Briton could hardly hide her disappointment at facing her first loss in over 150 races.
Samuel won her second bronze of the competition in 23.27 while Kai Selvon was the best of the rest in 23.58.