Brilliant Emily hits the top of the UK rankings

Emily Williams has hit the top of the UK rankings for her age group
Emily Williams has hit the top of the UK rankings for her age group

Emily Williams has completed an incredible week which saw her produce two stunning performances to propel her to the top of the UK rankings for both the 1500m and the 800m and establish herself as one of the very best U17s in the country.

Following the disappointment of a slightly below-par performance at the BMC Grand Prix meeting in Manchester, the Kettering Town Harrier bounced back with a truly world class 1500m performance at her beloved Watford tack at their graded open meeting.

Such was the strength of the performance that she also moved to third on the All-Time UK ranking list for bottom year U17s and, amazingly, to fifth in the world rankings (15-17 year olds).

The race went off exactly to plan and she split at a perfect 3:13 and then produced a superb 67-second last lap to smash her personal best by six seconds.

Coach Shane Smith said “Emily has worked so hard in training over the past nine months, really upping her game, and she absolutely deserves the current success she is enjoying.

“Emily is at the fore of a hugely talented crop of bottom year U17 Women in both the 1500m and 800m in the UK who are literally trading blows week by week to head the rankings.

“It’s quite unprecedented and there appears to be a golden generation emerging which is really exciting, and best of all it’s really helping drive their performances.”

Williams’ next challenge was the BMC PB classic in Milton Keynes where she was competing head to head with the current UK number one Molly Canham in the Women’s A 800m race, along with some top quality U20 Women.

Williams ran a tactically superb race to sit in on the opening lap.

Splitting just off the pace maker at 63 seconds, Williams moved through on the back straight after the bell to close in on her main rival.

Kicking decisively with 150m to go, she surged past Canham and powered her way to second place behind U20 Khahisa Mhlanga to defeat Canham for the first time on track and in doing so move ahead of her in the rankings with a super-fast 2:07.46.

It was a magical week for Williams who will now head into the final preparation phase of her track season before the National Championships in a buoyant mood.

Williams said: “I am so pleased about how the last week has gone, I’m so happy to be UK number one for both 800m and 1500m at the moment.

“The U17 is a very competitive age group with some very talented girls so I am incredibly pleased to be one of them.”