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Shericka Jackson

With the JAAA National Senior Championships fast approaching, Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson has proven that her premature exit in the women’s 200 meters at last year’s Tokyo Olympics was a minor setback.

Shericka Jackson, who is the third-fastest Jamaican of all time in the 400 meters at 49.47 made a switch to the 100 and 200 meters sprints during the 2021/2022 track season. She ultimately made her mark in both events after placing third in the 100 meters and second in the 200 meters at the national senior trials last year. As a result, the Jamaican sprinter was expected to finish on the podium in both events at the Tokyo Olympics. She won the bronze in the 100 meters behind compatriots Elaine Thompson-Herah who took home the gold and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce who claimed the silver medal. However, in the 200 meters, Jackson failed to advance to the final due to a blunder after failing to dip at the line and being outrun for the third automatic qualifying spot by Italy’s Dalia Kaddari during the heats.

JACKSON IN ROME

However, the Olympic 4×100 meters gold medal winner returned this season with all guns blazing as she stormed to an unassailable victory in the women’s 200 meters in a massive season’s best and meeting record of 21.91 at the Rome Diamond League meeting on Thursday, June 9. Jackson upset a stacked field which included double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, who clocked a season’s best 22.25 and reigning world champion Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain who rounded out the top three in 22.27.

“I think I’m better at the 200 meters, knowing that I’m a 400-meter runner. I’m winding down in the 100 meters, so I will see how trials goes,” said Shericka Jackson.

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Shericka Jackson’s dominant performance displayed in Rome has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with trials get underway from Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26. She will be expected to line up against other seasoned 200-meter runners, including reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson- Herah, Olympic silver medal winner Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Olympic 4×100 meters gold medallist Briana Williams.

Additional Jamaican athletes in women’s 200 meters: 

Kevona Davis ­– Former national junior standout Kevona Davis clocked a personal best of 22.26 seconds to finish second behind her teammate Julien Alfred at the Big12 championships in Lubbock, Texas in May.

Kemba Nelson ­– Nelson recently claimed the 100/200 meters sprint double titles at the PAC 12 Conference Championships in Eugene, Oregon. She produced a personal best of 22.74 to take home the gold for the University of Oregon.

Natalliah Whyte ­– Jamaica’s 2014 Youth Olympic champion, Whyte ran a wind-aided 22.31 in the 200 meters in June at the Monteverde track and field meet in Monteverde, Florida.

Natasha Morrison ­– Morrison claimed victory in the women’s 200 meters in 23.06 at the Velocity Fest 10 meet on Saturday, April 2 at the National Stadium. However, she has a lifetime best of 22.74 set in 2021 at home in Kingston, Jamaica.

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