PR: 100m - 10.90 (2008); 200m- 22.27 (2005)
Born: Sept. 11, 1983 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Current Residence: Miami, Fla.
High School: Rochester High School (Pa.) '01
College: University of Miami '04
Coach: Amy Deem
Agent: Ray Flynn
Career Highlights: 2005 World
Outdoor 100m champion; two-time World Outdoor 4X100m relay gold medalist ('05,
'07); 2007 World
Outdoor silver medalist; 2004
Olympic 100m silver medalist; 2006 World Indoor silver medalist; 2004 NCAA 100m
champion; 2003 Pan Am 100m and 4x100m relay gold medalist; 2002 World Junior
gold medalist 100m, silver in 4x100 relay; 2002 U.S. Junior 100m champion
Williams captured the final spot on the Olympic Team for the women’s 100m with her third-place finish (10.90) at the 2008 Olympic Trials…Williams brought home the silver medal in the women's 100m at the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships. It initially looked as though she may have won her second world title in the women's 100 after getting off to an outstanding start and leading the field at halfway. In the latter portion of the race, five women - Williams, Jamaica's Veronica Campbell, Carmelita Jeter, Torri Edwards and Belgium's Kim Gevaert - crossed the line virtually simultaneously. But the gold was down to rivals Williams and Campbell, with Williams appearing to have won when seen with the naked eye...After stellar 2005 campaign, Williams’ 2006 season was plagued by injury...Williams has earned a reputation as the top championship sprinter in the world. The then-21-year-old Williams won her first Olympic medal grabbing silver in the 100m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens in a brilliant and poised run. She followed up that performance by winning the 2005 world title, only her second victory of the season... Ironically, she was third at both the 2004 Olympic Trials and 2005 USA Championships...Williams had family members in Athens, due almost entirely to a total of nearly $20,000 raised by the public to help pay for the trips...the cost of her father's trip, including six dialysis treatments he required while in Athens, were covered fully by a $10,000 contribution from a family friend Tim Wiebe on the college scene she won the 2004 NCAA title at the time a world leader in the 100mWilliams finished 3rd in the 100m at the Olympic Trials, beating out Gail Devers for the final Olympic position by .01 second...the 2003 Pan American Games Gold Medalist in the 100m and 4x100m holds her HS records for the 100, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay...does community outreach as a part of USATF's "Be A Champion," program…named 2006 Visa Humanitarian of the Year... She volunteers at Arcola Lakes Elementary School in Miami, Florida, assisting a class of deaf students who are teaching her sign language and set up a scholarship fund to assist emerging female athletes in their quest for academic and athletic excellence…graduated from Miami in 3 and a half years, delivering her commencement speech on Dec. 16, 2004... Media and PR inquiries for Williams are handled by Dynamic Elements: 719-351-4189. Her official web site is www.laurynwilliams.net
2009: 5th at World Champs
(11.01)...3rd in 100m, 6th in 200m
at USA Outdoor Champs (10.96w, 22.74w)…5th at Nike Prefontaine Classic
(11.12w)…1st in 200m (22.34WL) and 5th in 100m (10.94w) at Reebok Grand Prix...2nd
at Luzern (11.23)...best
of 11.01 and 22.34.
2008: 4th at Olympic Games (11.03)…3rd at Olympic Trials in 100m (10.90), 4th in 200m (22.21w)...6th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (11.21)…4th at Reebok Grand Prix (11.13)…2nd at Zurich (22.68)...2nd at adidas Track Classic (11.15)...ranked #5 in the world (#1 U.S.) at 100m and #10 in the world (#6 U.S.) at 200m by T&FN...bests of 10.90 and 22.59.
2007: World Outdoor runner-up (11.01)...World Outdoor 4x100m gold medalist (41.98)...USA Outdoor 100m runner-up (11.16)…4th at Reebok Grand Prix (11.11)...3rd at Paris (11.25)…4th in 100m, 1st in 200m at Rethimno (11.12, 22.70)…2nd in 200m at Madrid (23.14)...ranked #7 in the world (#5 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 11.01.
2006: USA 100m Outdoor runner-up (11.17)...World Indoor silver medalist (7.01)...USA Indoor runner-up (7.11)...5th at Reebok Grand Prix (11.44)...7th at Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis (11.23)...5th at Athens Super Grand Prix (11.39)...4th at Athletissima (11.13)...ranked #7 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 11.13.
2005: World Outdoor 100m (10.93) champion... World Outdoor 4X100m relay gold medalist (41.78, anchor)3rd at the USA Outdoor (11.29)...1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (11.16)...2nd in 200m at adidas Track Classic (22.27)...2nd at Lausanne (10.91)2nd in 100m at Zurich (10.88PR)...ranked #3 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 10.93.
2004: Silver medalist (10.96PR) at Olympic Games...3rd at Olympic Trials 100m (11.10)...NCAA Champion in 100m (10.97)...dnf in 4x100m relay at Olympic Games...1st in 100m (11.01) and 200m (22.46) at Miami Gatorade Invitational...1st in 100m at Penn Relays (11.10)...1st at NCAA Regionals (11.16)...3rd at Brussels (11.16)...ranked #4 in the world at the 100m (#1 U.S.) and at 200m (#10 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 10.96.
2003: 7th in 100m at U.S. Outdoor Championships (11.21)...BIG EAST Outdoor Champion in the 100m (11.62)...BIG EAST Outdoor Championship runner-up in the 200m (23.30)...3rd in the 100m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (11.31)...ran first leg of the 4x100m relay that finished 7th (44.01) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and was 2nd (44.06) in the NCAA East Regional...ran first leg of the 4x100m relay that won the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships (44.58)...was a member of the 4x100m relay team that set a Miami school record (43.96) at the Florida Relays, which they later matched in the prelims of the NCAA Outdoor Championships...BIG EAST Indoor Champion in the 60m (7.31)...4th in the 60m (7.29) at the NCAA Indoor Championships...runner-up in the 200m (23.99) at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships...set Miami school records for the 55m (6.82), the 60m (7.22), and the 200m (23.53) during the indoor season.
2002: Won a gold medal in the 100m (11.33) with a school record time at the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica and won a silver medal as a member of the 4x100-meter relay...U.S. Outdoor Junior Champion in the 100m (11.42)... 6th in the 100m (11.63) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships marking the best NCAA finish by a Miami Hurricane in the event in school-history...BIG EAST Outdoor Champion in the 100m (11.40) Runner-up at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in the 200m (23.71)7th (7.39) at the NCAA Indoor Championships was named the BIG EAST Most Outstanding Track Performer at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships after recording victories in the 60m (7.38) and 200m (23.91)set Miami school records in the 55m (6.85) and 60m (7.32) during the indoor season...ranked 9th in the U.S. in the 100m by T&FN.
2001: High school state champion in 100 and 200m dashes her junior and senior year...High school state champion her senior year in 4x100m relay...set school records in the 100, 200 and 4x100m events...named to All-American and All-State teams junior year for the 100 and 200-meter sprint