With the Eugene 2022 World Athletics Championships fast approaching, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson will have the opportunity to make history as the first Jamaican sprint trio to produce a clean sweep in the women’s 100 meters at a world championship.
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Nine-times world champion Fraser-Pryce clocked a world-leading and season’s best time of 10.67 at the Kip Keino Classics in Nairobi, Kenya, while Olympic bronze medallist Jackson clocked a season’s of 10.77, while double Olympic champion Thompson-Herah ran a season’s best of 10.79. They recorded the three fastest times in the world this year. However, the Jamaicans are no strangers to a one-two-three finish, as they achieved this feat at the Tokyo Olympics last year in which five-time Olympic champion Thompson-Herah became the fastest woman alive, Olympic and national record holder after clocking a then-personal best of 10.61.
Sports analyst Dwayne Extol cited that based on the quality performances that Fraser-Pryce, Thompson-Herah and Jackson have displayed this year, it is an indicator that Jamaica could claim all three medals in the women’s 100 meters.
“Firstly, I should say it is great to have four women who are going to the World Championships which includes Kemba Nelson, who will be making her debut at the senior level. It is always good for us when the young talents come through.” said Extol.
“The possible sweep like we did in the Olympic Games will be quite an accomplishment for us as a nation. I really do think we have more than enough talent between our three ladies to go 1,2,3 again.”
“The order is a little tricky for so many people because there are so many factors going into it. But, I think at the moment, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the frontrunner based on her current form and season’s best. She hasn’t run a lot of races this season, so she is very well rested, and I think she would want to correct the mistakes she made at the Olympic Games last year.”
“Shericka Jackson is one of the greatest upsides as she continues to improve over both the 100 and 200 meters. I think she is primed to create history of her own in Eugene, so she definitely has a chance of getting gold, but I still think she’s a strong silver medal contender.” Extol added.
Meanwhile, Extol indicated that despite being the fastest woman alive with a personal best of 10.54, there are many factors involved that could prevent Thompson-Herah from claiming her first gold medal at the World Championships in the event.
“Elaine Thompson-Herah hasn’t had the best of seasons, but she’s still the double Olympic champion, so she knows how to perform on the big stage. Surprisingly, though she won at the Olympics Games in 2016 and 2020, she has not won a gold medal at the World Championships in the 100 meters, but she has won silver over the 200 meters.” said Extol
“Her quality is without doubt, but she is probably, for me, the most doubtful in terms of getting a medal if we’re going to sweep the event. But, I think I have her for third. So, Shelly, Shericka then Elaine.”
“The only way it could be the same as last year was if the conditions and circumstances were the same. Her coach isn’t the same person, so she doesn’t have the same team around her and from what I can see, the same kind of preparation. Maybe it can happen that way, but she will have to contend against Shericka Jackson, who is being primed by the best women’s sprint coach of all time,” Extol continued.
If the Jamaican sprint trio advances to the final of the women’s 100 meters, they will possibly lineup against the likes of Jamaica’s very own Kemba Nelson, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita of Great Britain, Marie Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji, Americans Aleia Hobbs and Melissa Jefferson and Julien Alfred of St. Lucia.
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