U18 Australian sprinter brings home the gold

JONATHAN NAJARRO

2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games - Day 5

Trae Williams (middle) at Nanjing Youth Olympics, China. Photo: Getty Images

17-year-old Brisbane athlete Trae Williams has brought home the bronze and gold following the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics in the men’s 100m and the mixed 8 x 100m relay.

In the men’s 100m final Williams pushed off to a leaping start, experiencing a slight stumble in his second step though recovered with an incredible finish.

Williams had finished 10.60 milliseconds behind Japan’s Kenta Oshima, who finished 10.57 and Zambia’s Sydney Siame with a time of 10.56.

The results have left Williams the 3rd fastest under 18 male in the world.

Mr Williams said he was extremely happy with the result considering his start to the race.

“The race went well and considering I had that stumble, to come away with a bronze medal was amazing, I was overwhelmed,” Mr Williams said.

“The 8 x 100m was great as it was a new experience for everyone and just running with people from other countries was an awesome experience. It took a while to get use to, but to come away with a gold medal was great.”

In the 8 x 100m men’s relay Trae was paired up with various runners from different nations and took the gold with a total time of 1:40.20.

Coming home with the medal Williams not only impressed his family and country but also had a new personal best of 10.51 in the men’s 100m heats.

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