Delano Williams is talking training. He trains six days a week at the track at his school in St Elizabeth, Jamaica. The track is actually just a sports field. Year round, the fastest 19-year-old in the world trains on grass.
“It’s not hi-tech,” he says. “I just need to utilise my resources.”
Williams hails from Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. He was forced to leave his home country after Hurricane Ilk hit and his school was left in ruins. Aged 13, Williams moved to Jamaica to board at Munro College and get the athletics training he needed.
The fastest 19-year-old in the world trains on grass
Five years later, he’s the fastest 19-year-old in the world.
In March, at the famous Jamaican Boys and Girls Championships, Williams ran the 100m in 10.28 seconds and the 200m in 20.27 seconds, narrowly missing out on Usain Bolt’s Championships record of 20.25.
‘Champs’ attracts thousands of people to the national stadium in Kingston. It fills radio airwaves, takes over the front pages of national newspapers and is broadcast live on television. If the masses didn’t know of him before the event, his performance at Champs ensured Delano Williams was the talk of the terraces after.
“Champs was really great this year,” says Williams. “Jamaica worships its athletes, so the country all come out to see the best youngsters compete at the Championships.”
Later this year, Williams will take another big step forward, moving to Kingston to study Sports Management and join a new training group. Under the watchful eye of coach Glen Mills and training alongside the likes of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, Williams will join the world-famous Racers Track Club. He’ll also be training on a proper track.
“I have met Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, and I’m just trying to build a relationship with them because I’m going to be working with them and training with them. They’ve been through what I’m going through and when I join I’ll hopefully be able to take some advice.”
Williams competed for Turks and Caicos at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and is now setting his sights on glory at Glasgow 2014.
“It would mean a lot to me to run at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I think it’s going to be a great meet.
“The last four years have been good for me, so I’m looking forward Glasgow 2014 and I can move on from there…”
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