Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams continues to produce good performances as he pushes for qualification for the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju Korea and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Competing at the 2019 Puerto Rico International Open at the San Juan Natatorium from April 25 to 28 Williams lowered his personal best en route to the Bronze medal in the 50 metre freestyle. In the heats of the event he lowered his season best of 23.71 to 23.65 to be the fifth seed heading into the Championship final. Sidrell had more speed left for that race in the final. Williams, who represents Azura Florida Aquatics out touched teammate Luciano Gonzalez 23.41 to 23.42 to earn the Bronze medal in a new PB. His previous best in the event was 23.47.Silver went to another Azura swimmer Steven Aimable in a PB of 23.37. Gold was won Luis Flores of Puerto Rico in 23.31. He is closing in on the World Champs B standard of 22.96 and Olympics B time of 22.67. He leads the rankings as the fastest Jamaican this year.
The twenty two year old made it to another Championship final in the 100 metre freestyle. He recorded 52.15 to place fifth, just off his season best of 51.97.In the 50 metre butterfly he equaled his best time in the preliminaries with a swim of 25.71. He returned in the afternoon to place fourth in the B final with a time of 25.75. In the 100 metre butterfly he recorded a season best of 56.89 before scratching from the B final.