Lauryns Williams Records the Fastest Time This Year in the 60M

By Denise Abbott
Updated: March 11, 2006
The U.S. Finishes 1 – 2 in the 60m Final

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After turning in the fastest semi-final heat in the 60m at the 2006 Indoor Track & Field World Championships earlier today in Moscow, Russia with a 7.10 second personal record, at the end of the evening Lauryn Williams (Miami, Florida) clocked a world leading mark of 7.01 seconds in the final. She finished beside Me’Lisa Barber (Raleigh, NC) who also ran a 7.01 second race. Unable to determine the results using their times, a photo finished revealed that Williams captured the silver with Barber taking the gold, edging Williams by less than a hair.

“We finished one-two,” stated Williams. “All week I had been saying that was the way it was going to be. I believed it was going to happen, and it did. While I wanted to be in the number one spot, if I had to get second place, this was the way to do it.”

Prior to the World Championships Williams had turned in personal records of 7.13 seconds at the Reebok Boston Games in late January and 7.11 seconds at the U.S. Indoor Championships; 7.22 seconds was her PR before the season started. Getting better with every race and peaking at the World Championships was her goal.

“People keep asking me what this means for the outdoor season,” says Williams, the reigning 100m World Champion. “The 100m is a different race. I intend to keep the trend going, getting better with each competition and defending my [Outdoor] World Championship title.”

Williams’ first major outdoor event will be the Penn Relays on April 29th.