Bernard Williams
Williams during Keien Meeting 2007
Personal information
Full nameBernard Rollen Williams III
National team United States
Born (1978-01-19) January 19, 1978 (age 46)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight178 lb (81 kg)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)100 meters, 200 meters
College teamUniversity of Florida
Coached byMike Holloway
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100m: 9.94 (2001)
200m: 20.01 (2004)
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 4×100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens 200 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Paris 4×100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2001 Edmonton 100 m
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1999 Winnipeg 100 m

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.

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.[1] He competed collegiately for the Florida Gators and was NCAA Outdoor champion in the 100 m and 4 × 100 m relay in 2000.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland,[2] Bernard Williams won the 100 meters at the 1999 Pan American Games.

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

Bernard works as a Sports Performance Coach in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia area.

Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
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, Alberta, Canada August 5, 2001
200 meters 20.01 Brussels, Belgium August 24, 2001

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
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
6th 200 m 20.80
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 200 m 20.01

National titles

See also


  1. ^ "Bernard Williams". Track and Field Statistics. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Bernard Williams". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Individual national Champions - Men's Track and Field". Florida Gators. December 10, 2012. Archived from the original on May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Nick Zaccardi (April 7, 2014). "Catching up with Bernard 'Hollywood' Williams". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Montgomery stripped of record". The Guardian. December 14, 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Williams tested positive". BBC Sport. BBC News. August 9, 2004. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Crawford wins 200m as crowd jeer". ABC News. August 28, 2004. Retrieved May 1, 2018.