Jamaica’s Briana Williams became just the sixth athlete in the 48-year history of the CARIFTA Games to win back to back Austin Sealy award for the games Most Outstanding Athlete.
But 4 months later the World Under-20 sprint champion and national junior record holder has tested positive for the banned diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ).
With the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) set to name its team for the World Championships on September 6th, Williams' representative, Dr Emir Crowne, told The Gleaner that he will be seeking an expedited hearing and will be contesting that the 17 year-old had no fault in the circumstances and therefore, should not face any sanctions.
Williams was named the 2019 Austin Sealy Award winner, which she also earned in 2018 for her outstanding performances, winning the 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m titles for the second consecutive year.
Williams is just the second Jamaican to win the honor in back to back years. The other was Usain Bolt in 2003 and 2004 in Bermuda.