UEL’s Williams is golden indoors
PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 February 2015
Sprinter claims BUCS title in Sheffield
University of East London sprinter Bianca Williams insists there is plenty more to come from her this year after opening up her indoor season with 60m gold at the BUCS Nationals in Sheffield.
Williams, winner of two Commonwealth Games bronze medals last summer, showed little sign of rustiness as she equalled her personal best in the semi-finals before going even faster in the final, clocking 7.34 seconds for gold.
Knee injuries had meant a delayed start to the season for Williams, 21, but having got 2015 up and running with a bang, with another impressive time of 7.39 at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix the following day, she is confident of transferring her form to the outdoor season.
“This is my first indoor competition of the season so it’s good to blow the cobwebs away. I did want to run quick and I did want to run a PB so I’m happy,” said Williams.
“My start was a bit slow. That’s always the slowest part of my race, but once I saw the girl next to me, I knew I had to keep going and going and that’s what I’ve done.
“I felt in very good form coming into it. I did my uni proud and my coach proud.
“I had a few knee injuries in the winter so it kind of set me back. We just wanted to see what I could do and see what I’m capable of.
“I feel in good shape and I feel I can go faster. For outdoors I just want to keep running quick, keep getting those personal best times. My aim is to run well and be healthy and then I can concentrate on Worlds in the middle of the season.”
UEL judoka Julia Scardone took gold in the under 52kg category, but boxer Luke Batstone lost to defending champion Ashley Vanzie in the open 75-81kg category by unanimos points.
Steph Ware lost to Cambridge’s Silke Riesle in the women’s novice 57-60kg category and said: “I’m a bit gutted I didn’t take the gold. She was a strong opponent and I knew she would push forward, so I needed to keep her away with long shots.
“I didn’t do that though. I got into a brawl with her, which I like to do, but the style of boxing that I should use is to be long and move away.
“But I’ve got to look forward and next for me is the Haringey Box Cup and then I’ve got the GB Amateur Boxing Championships in September.”
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