2018 World U20 100m champion Briana Williams was selected on a provisional basis to Jamaica’s 55-member team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha from September 27-October 6.
The announcement was made during a press conference at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday.
The 17-year-old sprinter faces an Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel from September 23-25 after she tested positive for the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) at the Jamaica National Championships in June. However, Dr Warren Blake, the President of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) explained that Williams will be allowed to compete is she escapes sanction. His only concern, he said, is the time between the ending of the disciplinary hearing and the start of the championships.
Meanwhile, Four-hundred-metre runners Akeem Broomfield and Nathon Allen, both of whom did not compete in the event at the national championships but have since gone on to run the best times over the distance by Jamaican quarter-milers this year.
Dr Blake explained that Allen selection to the mile-relay pool was made under extenuating circumstances. The Auburn University alum showed up at the national championships but fell ill and was unable to compete. He was granted an exception, Dr Blake said.
Otherwise, there were no unexpected selections for the squad that is comprised of 30 female athletes and 25 men.
Gold medal prospects Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are both down to compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m. Jonielle Smith, who for now is down to run the sprint relays, will be slotted into the individual 100m if Williams is sanctioned by the disciplinary panel and unable to compete.
The remainder of the sprint relay pool is comprised of Natasha Morrison, Natalliah Whyte, Shashalee Forbes and Schillonie Calvert.
Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Anastasia LeRoy were selected for the 400m. Roneisha McGregor is the reserve and a member of the mile-relay pool that also includes Tiffany James and Shian Salmon.
Janieve Russell is the reserve selection for the 400m hurdles and is also a member of the mile relay pool along with 800m runner Natoya Goule.
Aisha Praught-Leer will run the 1500m.
Meanwhile, Diamond League champion Danielle Williams, Janeek Brown, Megan Tapper and Yanique Thompson will campaign in the 100m sprint hurdles in which Williams is a hot gold-medal favourite.
National champion Rushell Clayton makes her World Champs debut in the 400m hurdles along with 2017 finalist Rhonda Whyte.
Tissana Hickling and Shanice Porter (long jump); Diamond league champion Shanieka Ricketts and Kimberly Williams (triple jump), Shadae Lawrence and Shanice Love (discus) and Danniel Thomas-Dodd (shot putt) complete the 30-woman roster.
Meantime, Yohan Blake, Fedrick Dacres and 2017 World Champion Omar McLeod lead the male contingent.
Blake, Rasheed Dwyer and Andre Ewers will compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay that will have Julian Forte and Oshane Bailey in the sprint relay pool.
Bloomfield, Demish Gaye and Rusheen McDonald will contest the 400m and the 4x400m relay. Terry Thomas, Javon Francis, Devaughn Baker, Nathon Allen and Demar Murray comprise the 4x400m relay pool.
McLeod will partner Ronald Levy and Orlando Bennett in the 110m hurdles along with Andrew Riley.
Kemar Mowatt, Tajay Gayle and Jordon Scott will be the lone competitors for the 400m hurdles, long jump and triple jump, respectively.
Former Calabar High School teammates Dacres, Traves Smikle and Chad Wright will compete in the men’s discus. O’Dayne Richards will compete in the men’s shot put.
The athletes are expected to assemble in Doha for a pre-championship camp on September 17.
However, two athletes – Praught-Leer and an unnamed athlete – will be allowed to miss the camp. Both have requested the time to remain in their respective coaching environments prior to the start of competition.