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Sprint prospect Williams confirms UK switch

ESPN staff
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Delano Williams is a highly regarded junior sprinter © Getty Images
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Turks & Caicos sprinter Delano Williams has completed his switch of nationality to Great Britain, and hopes to represent his adopted country at this year's World Championship.

The 19-year-old, who has threatened some of Usain Bolt's records at junior level, has transferred his allegiance to the United Kingdom, having begun the process prior to last year's Olympic Games.

"I am very pleased that my transfer of allegiance has been confirmed and I am excited to be aiming towards a British team this summer," Williams said. "Any athlete who saw the Olympics would feel an affinity with British fans as they showed how much they love the sport.

"I hope to receive a similar warm welcome in a British vest this season."

"We very much look forward to working with him as he develops into a senior athlete," UK Athletics performance director, Neil Black added. "He is already a real talent and he will be vying for selection to the team for the Moscow World Championships when he competes at the British Championships in Birmingham in July."

Williams was hoping to change nationality in time for London 2012, as he would have been unable to represent Turks & Caicos as it is not recognised by the International Olympic Committee. As a British overseas territory, however, it was not difficult for Williams to get approval for the move.

Injury ultimately derailed any prospect of Williams racing at the Games.

"The good thing about all of this is that we are a part of the UK and we look for forward to continuous dialogue and collaboration," Edith Skippings, president of the Turks & Caicos Athletics Association, added.

"The outcome of Delano's transfer should be seen by the people of the Turks & Caicos Islands as a positive move and one that is inspiring and uplifting to our talented athletes who have the same dreams and aspirations as Delano."

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