Wil­liams’ swift re­turn to top form

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Toko­roa golden girl Monique Wil­liams ex­cels at games.

Wil­liams made it a 100m-200m dou­ble with her sec­ond close fin­ish in three days to win the 200m final in 24.50s run­ning into a fierce head wind, just hold­ing off her Waikato-bay of Plenty team-mate Kristie Bail­lie, who is also coached by Wil­liams’ Toko­roa-based fa­ther, Chris.

Wil­liams has been plagued by in­juries since com­ing 12th in the 200m at the 2009 world cham­pi­onships where she be­came the first Kiwi woman to break 23 sec­onds for the dis­tance. Most re­cently she has had leg prob­lems, specif­i­cally a plan­tar fas­cia prob­lem in her foot rather than a re­turn of her pre­vi­ous achilles ten­don strain.

Wil­liams, who must run 23 sec again to qual­ify for London, has been back on a daily train­ing sched­ule for only a week and was con­cerned about her lack of speed en­durance go­ing into the 200.

‘‘ I knew Kristie was in good form, es­pe­cially with her win in the 400 yes­ter­day, and to hold her off was a very good start to my sea­son. With mi­nus two or three wind, or what­ever it was, that’s not a bad time ac­tu­ally and on one full week’s train­ing I’ve got to be con­fi­dent [about qual­i­fy­ing],’’ Wil­liams said.

She now heads to the New South Wales cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney this week­end, fol­lowed by the Aus­tralian na­tion­als a fort­night later, then back to Bri­tain for the Euro­pean sea­son and a crack at the 200m qual­i­fy­ing time.

‘‘I al­ways was con­fi­dent I could do it ... just a mat­ter of cementing it in my mind . . . it’s a good sign.’’

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