Desai Williams

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Desai Williams
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles 4×100 m relay
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1986 Edinburgh 4×100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1982 Brisbane 4×100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1983 Edmonton 100 metres
Silver medal – second place 1983 Edmonton 4 x 100 m relay
Pacific Conference Games
Gold medal – first place 1981 Christchurch 4x100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1981 Christchurch 100 metres
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Christchurch 200 metres
Representing Americas (orthographic projection).svg Americas
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 1985 Canberra 4x100 m relay

Desai Williams (born June 12, 1959 in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis) is a former sprinter from Canada, who won an Olympic bronze medal in 4 x 100 metres relay in Los Angeles 1984.

Competing at the two first World Championships, where he reached the semi-final (1983 and 1987), he set his personal best 200 metres time with 20.29 s in 1983 and his 100 metres personal best time of 10.11 s from a 6th-place finish at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Williams trained with the Scarborough Optimists Track Club, which was affiliated with the Ben Johnson scandal. Club coach Charlie Francis, working with Dr. Jamie Astaphan, had supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Johnson, Williams, Tony Sharpe, Angella Taylor, Mark McKoy and others.

Williams formerly worked as the speed coach for the Toronto Argonauts and was one of the most respected sprint coaches in eastern Canada, training Olympic athletes Tremaine Harris, Phylicia George and Justyn Warner, among others.

Williams was fired as a coach by Athletics Canada in 2015. A probe found that Williams had violated the organization's sexual harassment policy while a coach in 2010. In 2018, he was handed a life time ban by Athletics Canada.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1983 World Championships Finland Helsinki 6th (sf) 200 m 20.71 wind +3.4

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Further reading[edit]

  • Ormsby, Mary (2008-08-15). "Olympic stain is all but erased for Desai Williams". Toronto Star.