Shericka WILLIAMS

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Jamaica Jamaica
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    17 SEP 1985
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    200809
Shericka Williams (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 11.34 0.0 Beograd (SRB) 29 MAY 2007
200 Metres 22.50 +0.8 Rieti (ITA) 07 SEP 2008
400 Metres 49.32 Berlin (GER) 18 AUG 2009
800 Metres 2:15.19 Kingston (JAM) 17 MAR 2012
4x100 Metres Relay 44.08 Kingston (JAM) 14 APR 2012
4x200 Metres Relay 1:31.73 Nassau (BAH) 02 MAY 2015
4x400 Metres Relay 3:18.71 Daegu (KOR) 03 SEP 2011

Latest Active Season: 2015

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
200 Metres 23.36 +0.5 Kingston (JAM) 14 MAR 2015
200 Metres 23.1h +1.5 Kingston (JAM) 31 JAN 2015
400 Metres 52.36 Kingston (JAM) 27 JUN 2015
4x200 Metres Relay 1:31.73 Nassau (BAH) 02 MAY 2015

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2009 11.46 +0.9 Szczecin (POL) 15 SEP 2009
2008 11.49 +0.5 Kingston (JAM) 22 MAR 2008
2007 11.34 0.0 Beograd (SRB) 29 MAY 2007
2002 12.36 -0.4 Kingston (JAM) 18 APR 2002
2001 12.08 +1.4 Kingston (JAM) 06 APR 2001

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2015 23.36 +0.5 Kingston (JAM) 14 MAR 2015
2014 23.67 +0.1 Kingston (JAM) 22 MAR 2014
2013 23.32 +0.5 Kingston (JAM) 04 MAY 2013
2012 23.12 Kingston (JAM) 28 JAN 2012
2011 23.49 +0.3 Kingston (JAM) 16 APR 2011
2010 23.25 +1.5 Kingston (JAM) 20 FEB 2010
2009 22.57 +0.1 Thessaloniki (GRE) 12 SEP 2009
2008 22.50 +0.8 Rieti (ITA) 07 SEP 2008
2007 23.32 -3.8 Yokohama (JPN) 30 SEP 2007
2006 22.55 +1.3 Rieti (ITA) 27 AUG 2006
2005 23.08 +1.5 Spanish Town (JAM) 09 APR 2005
2004 23.70 Spanish Town (JAM) 13 MAR 2004
2003 23.90 +0.6 Kingston (JAM) 05 APR 2003
2002 24.52 -0.9 Kingston (JAM) 20 APR 2002
2001 24.40 +0.3 Kingston (JAM) 07 APR 2001

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2015 52.36 Kingston (JAM) 27 JUN 2015
2014 51.23 Kingston (JAM) 29 JUN 2014
2013 51.86 Kingston (JAM) 23 JUN 2013
2012 50.34 Budapest (HUN) 20 AUG 2012
2011 50.45 Zagreb (CRO) 13 SEP 2011
2010 50.04 Lausanne (SUI) 08 JUL 2010
2009 49.32 Berlin (GER) 18 AUG 2009
2008 49.69 Beijing (CHN) 19 AUG 2008
2007 50.37 Osaka (JPN) 27 AUG 2007
2006 50.24 Gateshead (GBR) 11 JUN 2006
2005 50.97 Kingston (JAM) 26 JUN 2005
2004 53.52 Kingston (JAM) 27 MAR 2004
2003 55.44 Kingston (JAM) 04 APR 2003

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 2:15.19 Kingston (JAM) 17 MAR 2012
2007 2:19.17 Kingston (JAM) 27 JAN 2007

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2012 44.08 Kingston (JAM) 14 APR 2012

Outdoor

4x200 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2015 1:31.73 Nassau (BAH) 02 MAY 2015

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2014 3:27.32 Philadelphia (USA) 26 APR 2014
2013 3:24.11 Philadelphia (USA) 27 APR 2013
2012 3:20.95 London (GBR) 11 AUG 2012
2011 3:18.71 Daegu (KOR) 03 SEP 2011
2010 3:26.37 Split (CRO) 05 SEP 2010
2009 3:21.15 Berlin (GER) 23 AUG 2009
2008 3:20.40 Beijing (CHN) 23 AUG 2008
2007 3:19.73 Osaka (JPN) 02 SEP 2007
2006 3:19.84 Athina (GRE) 17 SEP 2006
2005 3:23.29 Helsinki (FIN) 14 AUG 2005

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:20.95 London (GBR) 11 AUG 2012
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:20.40 Beijing (CHN) 23 AUG 2008
2. 400 Metres 49.69 Beijing (CHN) 19 AUG 2008

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:18.71 Daegu (KOR) 03 SEP 2011
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:21.15 Berlin (GER) 23 AUG 2009
2. 400 Metres 49.32 Berlin (GER) 18 AUG 2009
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:19.73 Osaka (JPN) 02 SEP 2007
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:23.29 Helsinki (FIN) 14 AUG 2005
5. 400 Metres 50.79 Daegu (KOR) 29 AUG 2011

Honours - IAAF World Relays

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x200 Metres Relay 1:31.73 Nassau (BAH) 02 MAY 2015

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:26.37 Split (CRO) 05 SEP 2010
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:19.84 Athina (GRE) 17 SEP 2006
4. 400 Metres 50.70 Split (CRO) 04 SEP 2010

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 50.44 Gateshead (GBR) 10 JUL 2010

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 400 Metres 50.49 Thessaloniki (GRE) 13 SEP 2009
3. 400 Metres 50.44 Stuttgart (GER) 10 SEP 2006
5. 200 Metres 22.57 +0.1 Thessaloniki (GRE) 12 SEP 2009
5. 400 Metres 51.55 Stuttgart (GER) 14 SEP 2008
6. 400 Metres 50.64 Stuttgart (GER) 23 SEP 2007

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. 400 Metres 51.81 Melbourne (AUS) 21 MAR 2006

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 50.97 Kingston (JAM) 26 JUN 2005
Results in:

200 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
31 JAN 2015 Kingston Queens Grace Jackson Track Meet JAMJAM F F1 2. 23.1h +1.5
14 MAR 2015 Kingston G.C. Foster Classics JAMJAM F F1 3. 23.36 +0.5
23 MAY 2015 Kingston JAAA All Comers Meet JAMJAM F F1 5. 23.62 +0.4
26 JUL 2015 Sundsvall WindSprint SWESWE F F1 2. 23.71 +0.8

400 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
11 APR 2015 Kingston Utech Classic JAMJAM F F2 4. 54.86
30 MAY 2015 Kingston JAAA All Comers Meet JAMJAM F F 5. 53.09
13 JUN 2015 Kingston JAAA All Comers Meet JAMJAM F F 3. 52.95
26 JUN 2015 Kingston Jamaican Ch. JAMJAM B H1 4. 52.88
27 JUN 2015 Kingston Jamaican Ch. JAMJAM B SF2 4. 52.36
28 JUN 2015 Kingston Jamaican Ch. JAMJAM B F - DNS

4x200 Metres Relay

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
25 APR 2015 Philadelphia Penn Relays USAUSA D F 2. 1:31.98
02 MAY 2015 Nassau IAAF World Relays BAHBAH B F 2. 1:31.73


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Updated 9 August 2008

Shericka WILLIAMS, Jamaica (400/4x400m)

Born: 17 September 1985, Black River, St Elizabeth

Lives: Kingston

1.65m / 51kg

Coach: Stephen Francis
Manager: Paul Doyle

It was shortly after the 2004 Olympic Games, in Athens, that the MVP Track Club moved in on Shericka Williams. Consistent with their policy of handpicking high school athletes who had not stood out, and who may not be priority targets for the best United States colleges, MVP saw Williams as a 400m runner with potential.

Already training under MVP coach Stephen Francis at the University of Technology (UTech) Kingston at the time were Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson. “We were trying to find kids who were 7th or 8th in high school championships, and who would not have had much opportunity, and get them to come to UTech - that’s how I ended up with Asafa,” Francis explained.

By 2004 Powell was having his first big year while Simpson, too, was breaking through, finishing sixth in the Olympic 100m final in Athens and winning gold with the Jamaica 4x100m team. In Jamaica, Williams was finishing third in the 400m and fifth in the 200m in the National High School Championships.
 
“That was my final year in high school and that was when Stephen Francis’s brother, Paul Francis, called me and said they would like me to come to UTech to train with them,” Williams recalled. “I’d had offers to go abroad to the college schools but Paul would call every other day and say: ‘You need to come to UTech, UTech is the place for you. You don’t have to worry about going abroad. You will get free food, free tuition, free accommodation, and everything for your comfort’.

“That was at the end of the Olympics in 2004, Paul called me because Stephen Francis was at the Olympics. Sherone had just gone to UTech and he said: ‘See what has happened to Sherone. She has made the Olympics, made the final, got a gold medal in the 4x100. You can do that Shericka if you come up here.’ And I said: ‘Ok, I’m going to come’.”

At this point in her life, Williams had no significant victories on her CV. “I was showing talent but I wasn’t on top because I had this girl in my year by the name of Anneisha McLaughlin . She was a champion in high school.” (Silver medallist  in 200m at the 2002 World Juniors in Kingston.) And returning to the point about why Stephen Francis wanted Shericka, she said: “Coach is the type of person who does not really go for stars in high school. He looks for persons with talent, not who are dominating in high school.”

How the decision to accept Francis’s invitation has paid off. In her first year, 2005, and aged 19, Williams won a World Championships silver medal in the 4x400m, relay gold at the 2006 World Cup (running for the Americas), and a second World Championships silver medal in 2007. But, leading into the 2008 Olympic Games, Williams is still seeking to qualify for her first global Final.  She was eliminated in the Semi-Finals of the 2005 and 2007 World Championships

In Osaka, Williams was the fastest non-qualifier for the Final. “It was really hard, knowing that I was supposed to make the Final and did not make it,” Williams said. “I know that, in Beijing, I won’t make the same mistakes I made in Osaka.” Of Jamaica’s potential to win the 4x400m, Williams said: “We have a much stronger team this year than in previous years. Our top four girls have run 50-point this year and that hasn’t happened since I joined.”

Going into Beijing, Williams had been unable in 2008 to improve on her two-year-old PB (50.24). “I know I can go under 50sec,” she said. “I am a little bit afraid of how I distribute my race because there’s a lot of pain out there. But, if I make up my mind to run how I’m supposed to, I know I can run 49sec.

“My weakness is my first part of my race. I don’t go out hard enough to hold the field together so I’m always chasing them down the home stretch. That is where my strength is but, if I can get everything compact, I know I can do better.”

Williams was a 100/200m runner before moving up in distance while at St Elizabeth Technical High School. “In my first two years, running 100 and 200, I did not make it to the finals because I was a little kid,” Williams recalled. “In my third year I made it to the Final but didn’t get any medal. In the fourth year, my coach switched me from the 100 and 200 to the 200 and 400 at the National Championships. I made the Finals in both and I came second in the 200 and fifth in the 400.”

At that time, Williams was 17 but still short of international standard. Her development came too late for her to qualify either for World Youth Championships or World Junior Championships and Helsinki 2005 marked her first major championships. The move to UTech was the making of her. “As a young person I was doing track and field for fun,” she said. “I didn’t know anything about the professional circuit, making money, and all that stuff, not until I went to UTech.”

Of the training regimen there, she says: “We have our different groups. The sprinters train together, the quarter milers train together. We warm up together then we split for our programmes then we stretch together. It’s really nice training together, they really motivate you. “

Not married but ‘committed’, Williams says that her interests off the track centre mainly on TV. She likes soaps and comedy. “I like to watch ‘Days Of Our Lives’, ‘Will & Grace’, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’,” she says. “It helps to relax you when you’re away from track.”


Personal  Bests

100m: 11.34 (2007)
200m: 22.55 (2006)
400m: 50.24 (2006)


Yearly Progression

400m: 2003: 55.44; 2004: 53.52: 2005: 50.97: 2006: 50.24; 2007: 50.37; 2008: 50.33


Career Highlights

2005 SF, World Championships  (400m)
2005 2nd World Championships  (4x400m)
2006 5th Commonwealth Games  (400m)
2006 3rd World Athletics Final  (400m)
2006 1st World Cup    (4x400m)
2007 SF World Championships  (400m)
2007 2nd World Championships  (4x400m)
2007 6th  World Athletics Final  (400m)


Prepared by David Powell for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008.

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