Shanieka Ricketts wins at Doha Diamond League

Shanieka Ricketts was victorious in the triple jump, while Shericka Jackson and Britany Anderson got minor placings at the first (13 May) Doha Diamond League meet of the season in Qatar.

Ricketts, who was fourth after the first round, fouled her second jump before getting the win with 14.82 meters on her third attempt. Kimberly Williams, Jamaica’s other entrant, finished seventh with a 14.28-meter mark. Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk of Ukraine finished second with 14.73 meters.

In the women’s 200 meters, Shericka Jackson led for the first three-quarters of the race before Gabrielle Thomas got by to win in a season-best and meet record 21.98 seconds. Jackson’s time of 22.07 is also a season’s best. Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith finished third in 22.37, American Tamara Clarke fourth in 22.72 and Bahamian Anthonique Strachan, 22.78 for fifth.

Noah Lyles won the men’s 200-meter dash in 19.72 seconds ahead of Fred Kerley (19.75), while Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards finished third in 20.15 and Canadian Andre de Grasse fourth in 20.15.

Britany Anderson continued Jamaica’s rich tradition in the women’s sprint hurdles by clocking 12.44 seconds for joint second with Nigerian Tobi Amusan. Kendra Harrison of the USA won the tight race in 12.43, supported by a +3.8m/s wind. Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas was 12.61 for fourth, and Megan Tapper finished eighth in 12.92.

Danneil Thomas-Dodd threw 18.72m for fifth in the men’s shot put, won by American Chase Ealey, 19.51m.

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Anthony Foster
Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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