Jamaica’s famed track and field athlete, Danielle Williams, reclaimed her world women’s 100m hurdles title in Budapest on Thursday.
The 30-year-old, who had previously triumphed in Beijing in 2015, clocked an impressive time of 12.43 seconds, narrowly defeating the Olympic champion, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico, who finished in 12.44 seconds. Kendra Harrison from the United States secured the bronze medal with a time of 12.46 seconds.
Who is Danielle Williams?
Danielle Gracia Williams was born on September 14, 1992. She is a prominent Jamaican track and field athlete specializing in the 100-meter hurdles. She gained widespread recognition for her remarkable achievement of clinching the gold medal at the 2015 World Championships. Her impressive athletic career also includes notable successes at the Summer Universiades, where she secured a bronze medal in 2013 and a gold medal in 2015. Furthermore, she proudly represented Jamaica at the 2013 World Championships on the global stage.
Williams boasts impressive personal bests, notably clocking 12.32 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles in 2019 and achieving a time of 7.75 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles in 2022. She comes from an athletic family, as her older sister, Shermaine, is also an accomplished hurdler.
As the news of Williams’ triumph with a close margin surfaced on the internet several X users were joyed and reacted to it. One user wrote, “Wow wow. Didn’t expect Danielle Williams to make this comeback after qualifying on time. What an amazing story!”
“A salute to Wayne Pinnock, Tajay Gayle, Danielle Williams, Antonio Watson and Rushell Clayton for showing out and getting metal” another user tweeted.
One user wrote, “Eventually, it was neither Kendra Harrison nor Jasmine Camacho Quinn but Tobi Amusan’s pal in the hurdles, Danielle Williams, that took over the title from the Nigerian.”