Countdown to Rio: Track and field's Jodie Williams

14 August 2014 / 07:37

Home nations enjoyed their most successful Commonwealth Games ever in Glasgow. But who were the stars of the Games, whose targets have now been reset on the road to Rio - with the Olympics just two years away?

Nicknamed 'Moneylegs', Jodie Williams has long been tipped for a big future in athletics.

As a junior she went unbeaten for 151 races, winning three world youth and junior titles in the process.

However, her transition to senior athletics was not without difficulties but her 200m silver in Glasgow underlined her potential, the time ranking the 20-year old second on the all-time British list.

Two years ago Team GB didn't qualify a women's 4x100m team to London 2012 - now Britain's young sprinters are making their mark.

Alongside Williams is Dina Asher-Smith, the recently crowned world 100m junior champion, and Bianca Williams, who won 200m bronze in Glasgow.

Ashleigh Nelson, still just 23, won 100m bronze at this week's European Championships in Zurich and the more experienced Anyika Onuora and Asha Philip are in personal best shape.

No wonder Williams, who has 'pain is temporary' and 'victory is forever' tattooed on her wrists, is expected about the future as the countdown to Rio starts to gather pace.

“This is just the start," she said. “Everyone is so quick to write off the women’s sprinters but we went to Glasgow and started to show we can perform on this stage with a strong field.”

Other stars of Glasgow 2014 looking to travel on the road to Rio

Ross Murdoch (Swimming)

Claudia Fragapane (Gymnastics)

Matthew Hudson-Smith (Athletics)

Zoe Smith (Weightlifting)

Jazz Carlin (Swimming)

Antony Fowler (Boxing)

GB Hockey

Katie Archibald (Cycling)

Natalie Powell (Judo)

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