Briana Williams is an incredible talent. Just 16, she's just completed her sophomore year of school in HS in Miami , and she's the world U20 champ, beating a 10.99 sprinter who was third at NCAAs in the process. Given how big of a talent she is, given how she was US born and raised, I"m wondering why she competes for Jamaica internationally.
Normally, I assume people do it because the teams are easier to make, but she's so good, if she continues to progress, I don't think she'll have that much trouble making US teams down the road. Now this year, at age 15, it might have made a lot of sense as the odds of her beating a bunch of US collegians for the 2 team spots may not have been that great.
Since I am assuming the endorsement money would be way bigger for a US women's sprinter who ends up being really good - think Allyson Felix or SRR - I would assume most who could ultimately compete for the US would do so (not that money is everything, but this is a girl who was born in the US and lives here).
Does anyone know the thought process behind her decision? Might she still switch to the US? Is still true that you can compete as a junior and switch as a senior with no penalty.
I know I read it in terms of Sonia O'Sullivan's daughter. Her running for Ireland in the European youth champs doesn't mean she has to run for Ireland in the senior ranks. But that was an U18 meet. When does your competition for a country lock you in?
If she wants to compete for Jamaica to honor her heritage, all the more power to her, I just am curious as to the reasoning behind it all.
Update from Rojo on July 16. I found the answer. On an Irish website when talking about Sonia O'Sullivan's daughter, it says this, "The teenager can represent both countries up to U18 level, but will have to make a choice once she moves above that age bracket."