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Williams finishes as top U.S. qualifier

Updated: August 21, 2004, 11:37 AM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

Lauryn Williams scanned the stands for her father while preparing for her second-round heat in the women's 100 meters at Olympic Stadium. David Williams was undergoing dialysis treatment earlier in the day, but she expected to see him before entering the blocks Friday night.

Lauryn won her heat in 11.03 seconds to finish as the top United States qualifier and second only to Belarussian Yuliya Nesterenko's 10.99. If only her dad could have seen it.

As it turned out, David Williams did ...

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