Novlene Williams-Mills in 2015
26 April 1982 |
Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||121 lb (55 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|College team||University of Florida|
|Club||Adidas, Herzogenaurach (GER)|
Novlene Hilaire Williams-Mills (born 26 April 1982), née Novlene Hilaire Williams, is a Jamaican track and field athlete. She won the bronze medal in the 400 metres at the 2007 World Championships. She is also a three-time Olympic bronze medallist in the 4×400 metres relay.
At the 2005 World Championships in Athletics she won (together with Shericka Williams, Ronetta Smith and Lorraine Fenton) a silver medal. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, she received a bronze medal for her third-place finish in the 400 metres.
Williams attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she was a member of coach Tom Jones' Florida Gators track and field team. She graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in 2004.
Williams-Mills missed most of the 2013 season due to her breast cancer.
During the 2014 season Williams-Mills was very successful. Early in the season her and three other Jamaican women won a silver medal in the 4x400m relay at the 2014 world relays. Williams-Mills competed at the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow and won a silver medal in the individual 400m and a gold in the 4x400m relay setting a games record in the latter. She was also successful at diamond league meets crowning her the 2014 diamond league champion in the 400m.
In 2015 Williams-Mills again won a silver medal in the world relays as part of the Jamaican 4x400m team. At the 2015 world championships in athletics in Beijing Williams-Mills finished sixth in the 400m final involving four Jamaican women. In the relay along with Christine Day, Shericka Jackson and Stephenie Ann McPherson the individual 4th, 3rd and 5th placers respectively the Jamaican team won gold in front of the American favorites by just outsprinting them in the last 50 metres.
In 2016 Williams-Mills only competed in the relay at the 2016 Olympic games running as the anchor leg for Jamaica and bringing them home to win a silver medal.
In July 2013, Williams-Mills told members of the media that she was diagnosed with breast cancer before the 2012 Olympics. Very few people at the time knew about the diagnosis. Despite the diagnosis, she still ran the race and was able to help Jamaica win a bronze medal. After the Olympics, Williams-Mills had a mastectomy and in January 2013 had another operation. She currently is still an active runner and says that in her next race in Moscow she will run, "for all the breast cancer survivors out there."
- Florida Gators
- List of Olympic medalists in athletics (women)
- List of University of Florida alumni
- List of University of Florida Olympians
- Novlene Williams-Mills. sports-reference.com
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