||September 11, 1983
at Rochester, Pennsylvania|
||Rochester High School (Pa.) '01
||University of Miami
Lauryn Williams (1983-) is a track and field sprint athlete, competing internationally for the United States.
Williams was born and raised in suburban Pittsburgh and Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Rochester HS in Pennsylvania in 2001 where she set the school records for the 100, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay. She graduated from the University of Miami in three and a half years and delivered the December 2003 commencement speech.
Williams is a silver medalist in the 100 meters at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a 4-time medalist at the World Championships in Athletics, where she won (together with Angela Daigle, Muna Lee and Me'Lisa Barber) a gold medal in the 4x100 m relay in 2005 and 2007, as well as gold and silver in the 100m in 2005 and 2007 championships.
In the 2008 Summer Olympics, Williams ran the anchor leg in the 4 x100m relay, but a mix-up in the semi-final with team-mate Torri Edwards caused Edwards to drop the baton. Williams picked up the baton to finish in last place, but the USA was disqualified because she had had to run outside her lane in order to retrieve the baton. At the individual 100 metres sprint she placed 2nd in her first round heat behind Christine Arron in a time of 11.38 to advance to the second round. There she improved her time to 11.07 seconds and placed 2nd again, this time behind Kerron Stewart. With the third time in her semi final heat behind Shelly-Ann Fraser and Muna Lee she qualified for the final in 11.10 seconds. In the final she ran a 11.03, finishing in fourth place, behind three runners from Jamaica.
Williams took third place in the 100 m at the 2009 US Championships and she qualified for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, her third consecutive championships. A week before the World Championships began, she was part of a United States 4 x 100 m relay team that ran the fastest women's sprint relay in twelve years. Williams, Allyson Felix, Muna Lee and Carmelita Jeter finished with a time of 41.58 seconds, bringing them to eighth on the all time list.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Athlete biography: Lauryn Williams. beijing2008.cn. Retrieved on 2009-11-30.
- ↑ Morse, Parker (2009-06-27). Jeter and Rodgers take 100m titles in Eugene - US Champs, Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.
- ↑ Wenig, Jörg (2009-08-08). US quartet blasts 41.58 in the 4x100 as Wlodarczyk improves to 77.20m in Cottbus. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-09.