Teenager Williams wins Paris place

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Jodie Williams is not the youngest athlete ever to have received a call-up for senior national service at the European Indoor Championships. Indeed, Sonia Lannaman was only 15 when she ran for the Great Britain team in Grenoble in 1972.

At 17, Williams was named yesterday as the baby, and as one of ten senior international debutants, in the 32-strong British team for the 2011 championships in Paris from 4-6 March.

The Hertfordshire schoolgirl makes the trip across the channel with great expectations on her still-slender shoulders, having blitzed to the 100m gold at the World Junior (Under-20) Championships in Moncton, Canada, in July last year and captured the UK indoor 60m title on her senior national championship debut in Sheffield a fortnight ago.

The formbook suggests that Williams could go one better and make the cut for the final.