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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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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