Update: Briana Williams is on Jamaica's Worlds team. On Wednesday, the 17-year-old was selected for the Senior team in the 100m and 4x100m pool ahead of the IAAF World Championship in Doha, Qatar from Sept. 27-Oct. 6, pending a successful outcome of her meeting with the Independent Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel on Sept. 23-25. See our Tuesday update below.
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Briana Williams' road to the World Championships might be coming to an end, after all.
The 17-year-old sprinter met with anti-doping officials on Tuesday in Jamaica after she tested positive for a banned diuretic following the National Championships in June, and officials decided she would have to face a larger proceeding by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP) from September 23-25, The Gleaner reported.
That meeting will take place after Jamaica has officially named its senior team for Worlds. Those decisions are expected to come this week -- which means Williams may be out of Worlds.
This is proving to be the toughest stretch of the high schooler's career yet.
After hitting what was then a new World Junior Record of 10.94 seconds for 100 meters at the Jamaican Senior Championships -- which qualified her the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar -- she later found out she had tested positive for the substance Hydrochlorothiazide.
Prior to the meet her team had claimed in her drug protocol form that she had taken an over-the-counter pill medicine to help combat the flu.
Williams and her team strongly denied she knowingly took the substance.
Williams' attorney later scored an expedited hearing from anti-doping officials with the intention of clearing Williams and giving the young sprinter an opportunity to compete for the Jamaican senior team for the first time in her career.