Great new sprint­ing hope to run in Bun­bury

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport -

COM­MON­WEALTH Games sprinter Trae Wil­liams will dis­play his in­cred­i­ble speed at next month’s WesTrac Bun­bury Geographe Gift.

The man known as “Quadzilla” (be­cause of the size of his thighs) will be one of a num­ber of top Aus­tralian ath­letes to com­pete for $78,000 at the event on April 28-29.

Wil­liams, 20, be­came a sprinter to watch af­ter he won bronze at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, be­com­ing the first Aus­tralian to win a 100m sprint medal at a global meet since Hec Hogan at the 1956 Mel­bourne Olympics.

He then com­peted at the 2016 IAAF world ju­niors pro­gress­ing to the 200m semi-fi­nal and as­sist­ing the 4x100m re­lay to a fourth plac­ing.

Last year was Wil­liams’ first as a se­nior and he showed plenty of po­ten­tial, win­ning the na­tional 100m crown and re­turn­ing to the Ba­hamas for the World Re­lays where Aus­tralia placed fourth, al­low­ing them to qual­ify for the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships.

Wil­liams said he had never run in a gift be­fore and he was look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I want to come down there, see what it is like and if I get the win, then that is great,” he said.

Wil­liams said the prepa­ra­tion for next month’s Com­mon­wealth Games was go­ing well.

“Lucky this is af­ter the Games, so I should still be in pretty good shape,” he said.

Wil­liams said he hoped to help ath­let­ics be­come a more pop­u­lar sport in the coun­try.

“To get it out there and recog­nised is great,” he said.

Wil­liams said he would train nor­mally ahead of the gift.

“Run­ning on grass is a lot dif­fer­ent, there is go­ing to be more force sup­plied in the run,” he said.

“The 100m may only go for about 10 sec­onds, but it is def­i­nitely one of the most ex­cit­ing sports in ath­let­ics.”

Wil­liams said the nick­name Quadzilla was help­ing him and the sport get recog­ni­tion.

Pic­ture: Bradley Ka­naris/Getty Im­ages

Trae Wil­liams will par­tic­i­pate in next month's WesTrac Bun­bury Geographe Gift.

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