Jonathan Williams '05 - 400m Hurdles


By Kristine Breese

Published Jul 1, 2008 8:00 AM

Competing for Belize ~ 1st Olympics

Jonathan Williams got yelled at a lot when he was a kid, "not because I was in trouble, but because I was always running, to my room, into the kitchen, across the yard, down the street. The thing that still rings in my ears is my mom’s voice yelling, 'Slow down!'" Luckily, he did not.

As the 2008 Games approach, Williams is one of the fortunate athletes who has known for more than a year that he would be going to Beijing. Taking advantage of rules that allow the offspring of Belizean citizens to compete for that country’s team, the two-time All-American met the "world qualifying standard" for the 400m hurdles when he ran 48.88 seconds last July and secured a spot on the Belize National Team.

Jonathan Williams concluded his Olympic competition Aug. 16 after finishing sixth in heat two and 13th overall (49.64) in the semifinal rounds of the 400m hurdles.