'Quadzilla' ready for life in the fast lane
QUEENSLANDER Trae Williams says he is ready for the changes in his life triggered by the instant in which he glanced to his left at the Carrara Stadium finish line on Friday night and saw "10.10''.
Williams sealed Commonwealth Games selection by winning in the national final, becoming the fourth fastest Australian on the 100m all-time list with what was his fourth personal-best time in just 20 days.
"It did change for me a little bit, although I'm still the same old person - I won't change,'' said Williams, a powerfully-built 20-year-old from Logan.
"The pressure won't be much. I will run my own race. If I feel pressure, I need to put it behind me and the thing is I know what I have to do.''
Williams believes his massive quads are capable of eventually powering him below the magical 10-second mark but admits he will have his work cut out in the more immediate future.
Nicknamed 'Quadzilla', Williams sheepishly claimed this week he could hack squat 525kg.
"I have squatted 525kg," he told the ABC. "I'm in the gym a lot. I don't skip leg day."
As for the nickname, he added: "I don't know, there's a few names going around so I'll take it I guess," Williams said.
"I didn't create it. It came from someone else."
The musclebound sprinter is sure to gain cult status when he takes on a 100m Games field that could include Canadian superstar Andre De Grasse and Jamaican pair Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell.
"My time would have medalled at the past four Commonwealth Games but I know this one is going to be a lot faster," he said.
Williams and women's sprint double winner Riley Day were among the automatic selections in the Games athletics team who were fitted for their team uniforms and running gear on Monday on the Gold Coast.
Williams said he liked the Australian opening ceremony uniform and intended to march with the team on April 4.
"The whole outfit, even the race gear, looks amazing and fits perfectly,'' he said.
"The opening ceremony uniform looks phenomenal. I'm keen to get out there for it.''
The effervescent Day said she could not "even describe'' how to the uniform felt to her.
"It's such an amazing feeling and an honour to be representing Australia on the Gold Coast with such amazing athletes on my team,'' she said.