Lauryn Williams shook off the rain to win the women's 100 metres at the World Championships last night, joining Justin Gatlin in a short-sprint double for the United States.
Despite driving wind and rain the diminutive Williams, a surprise silver medallist at last year's Olympic Games, beat Jamaica's Veronica Campbell and Christine Arron, of France. Chandra Sturrup, of the Bahamas, trailed in fourth.
"This was the biggest win of my career," said Williams after clocking 10.93 seconds. "The Olympic silver is pretty good, but for me this is better.
"I had a very good start and I knew that if I could just maintain my speed, I would finish ahead. The rain made absolutely no difference for me. There was a hurricane out there tonight, but that is just my kind of weather."
Williams finished third in this year's American championships and looked impressive in finishing second to Arron at the Bislett Games in Oslo two weeks ago.
The 21-year-old Miamibased sprinter, who had not enjoyed the best of outdoor seasons, hit form at the right time with a smooth semi-final victory earlier in the day.
Arron had breezed through her heats and semi and finally looked set to end her long wait for a global title, but she never recovered from a poor start, and finished in 10.98 secs just three-tenths of a second behind Campbell.