Bernard Williams (sprinter)
Bernard Rollen Williams III (born January 19, 1978) is an American male former track and field sprinter and winner of a gold medal in 4 × 100-meter relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was the 200-meter dash silver medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 100-meter dash silver medalist at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. He also won relay gold at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics and was the 100 m gold medalist at the 1999 Pan American Games.
Williams during Keien Meeting 2007
|Full name||Bernard Rollen Williams III|
|National team||United States|
|Born||January 19, 1978|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||178 lb (81 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||100 meters, 200 meters|
|College team||University of Florida|
|Coached by||Mike Holloway|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100m: 9.94 (2001)|
200m: 20.01 (2004)
He has broken the 10-second barrier and holds a personal record of 9.94 seconds in the 100 m. Williams was the fastest man in the 200 m at the 2003 season with a personal record of 20.01 seconds. He won the American national title in the 100 m at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2001 and 2003. He competed collegiately for the Florida Gators and was NCAA Outdoor champion in the 100 m and 4 × 100 m relay in 2000.
Williams accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a member of the Florida Gators track and field team. He graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2008.
In 2000, Williams won the NCAA Championships in the 100 meters and 4 × 100 m relay as a Florida Gator sprinter. He ran the second leg on the gold medal-winning American 4 × 100 m relay team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. The teams extravagant celebrations drew criticism at the time. Acquiring the nickname "Hollywood", he was personally noted for his comedy antics during the 2000 Olympics, including using "the people's eyebrow" – a pose used by then-professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Also, known for his pre race antics and poses playing to any crowd, which grew to be increasingly accepted in the sport following the celebrations of multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
At the 2001 World Championships, Williams finished third but was given the Silver medal for the 100 meters when (Tim Montgomery) was discovered to have used steroids. Williams also ran the second leg on the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which won the gold medal. The team's gold medals were withdrawn when Tim Montgomery was discovered to have used steroids. Williams was upgraded to 100 m national champion as a result of this disqualification, however.
In 2003, Williams won the US National Championships in 100 meters and was fifth in 100 meters at the 2003 World Championships. He was also a member of gold medal-winning American relay team. He tested positive for cannabis and received a warning from the USADA in August 2004, but was still able to compete in the Olympics in accordance with IAAF rules.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Williams won the silver medal in 200 meters, edging compatriot and 100 meters champion Justin Gatlin in the final few meters. Thus, Americans won all three top places, since Shawn Crawford won the gold. The Americans performed to a booing audience, as the Greeks protested the exclusion of the 2000 Olympic champion Kostas Kenteris for doping.
Bernard works as a Sports Performance Coach in the Maryland, Washington D.C, and Virginia area.
|55 meters||6.20||Gainesville, Florida, United States||February 6, 2000|
|60 meters||6.56||Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States||February 12, 1999|
|100 meters||9.94||Edmonton, Canada||August 5, 2001|
|200 meters||20.01||Brussels, Belgium||August 24, 2001|
|1999||Pan American Games||Winnipeg, Canada||1st||100 m||10.08|
|4th||4 × 100 m relay||39.00|
|2000||Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||1st||4 × 100 m relay||37.61|
|2001||World Championships||Edmonton, Canada||2nd||100 m||9.94|
|DQ||4 × 100 m relay||37.96|
|Grand Prix Final||Melbourne, Australia||2nd||200 m||20.39|
|2003||World Championships||Paris, France||4th||100 m||10.13|
|1st||4 × 100 m relay||38.02|
|World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||1st||100 m||10.04|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||2nd||200 m||20.01|
- List of Olympic medalists in athletics (men)
- List of men's Olympic and World Championship athletics sprint champions
- List of medal sweeps in Olympic athletics
- List of Pan American Games medalists in athletics (men)
- List of 2000 Summer Olympics medal winners
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- 200 metres at the Olympics
- 4 × 100 metres relay at the Olympics
- 100 metres at the World Championships in Athletics
- 4 × 100 metres relay at the World Championships in Athletics
- List of 100 metres national champions (men)
- List of University of Florida alumni
- List of University of Florida Olympians
- List of doping cases in athletics
- List of athletes from Maryland N – Z
- List of people from Gainesville, Florida
- List of people with surname Williams
- Bernard Williams. Track and Field Statistics. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- Bernard Williams. Sports Reference. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- Individual national Champions - Men's Track and Field - Florida Gators. Florida Gators. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- Catching up with Bernard ‘Hollywood’ Williams. NBC Sports (2014-04-07). Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- Montgomery stripped of record. The Guardian (2005-12-14). Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- Williams tested positive. BBC Sport (2004-08-09). Retrieved on 2009-04-09.
- Crawford wins 200m as crowd jeer. ABC News (2004-08-28). Retrieved 2018-05-01.