Bernard Williams (sprinter)
Williams during Keien Meeting 2007
|Full name||Bernard Rollen Williams, III|
|National team||United States|
January 19, 1978 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||178 lb (81 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||100 meters, 200 meters|
|College team||University of Florida|
|Coached by||Mike Holloway|
|Achievements and titles|
100m: 9.94 (2001)
Williams accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a member of the Florida Gators track and field team. He graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2008.
In 2000, Williams won the NCAA Championships in the 100 meters as a Florida Gator sprinter and ran the second leg on the gold medal-winning American 4x100-meters relay team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
At the 2001 World Championships, Williams finished third but was given the Silver medal for the 100 meters when (Tim Montgomery) was discovered to have used steroids. Williams also ran the second leg on the American 4x100-meters relay team, which won the gold medal. The team's gold medals were withdrawn when Tim Montgomery was discovered to have used steroids.
In 2003, Williams won the US National Championships in 100 meters and was fifth in 100 meters at the 2003 World Championships. He was also a member of gold medal-winning American relay team. He tested positive for cannabis and received a warning from the USADA in August 2004, but was still able to compete in the Olympics in accordance with IAAF rules.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Williams won the silver medal in 200 meters, edging compatriot and 100 meters champion Justin Gatlin in the final few meters. Thus, Americans won all three top places, since Shawn Crawford won the gold.
Bernard works as a Sports Performance Coach in the Maryland, Washington D.C, and Virginia area. He also works as a standup comedian whenever hired. He was noted for his comedy antics during the 2000 Olympics, including using the people's eyebrow. Also, known for his pre race antics and poses playing to any crowd which has inspired recent Olympic champions such as Usain Bolt.
He is currently the sprinting coach for Oak Hall School's track and field team.
|55 meters||6.20||Gainesville, Florida, United States||February 6, 2000|
|60 meters||6.56||Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States||February 12, 1999|
|100 meters||9.94||Edmonton, Canada||August 5, 2001|
|200 meters||20.01||Brussels, Belgium||August 24, 2001|
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|Men's 200m Best Year Performance