Jackson runs third fastest 200m ever!

By Kayon Raynor

Shericka Jackson announced herself as the firm favourite for the 200m world title with the third fastest time ever, 21.55 seconds (wind 0.0 m/s) to complete the sprint double on a rain- soaked track on Sunday’s final day of the Jamaican trials at the National Stadium.

Running in lane six, Jackson was first into the straight and powered away from 100m world leader Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win by a huge margin.

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah was second in 22.05 and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce third in 22.14 seconds in the half lap event.

With the 100m title sewn up from Friday in 10.77 seconds, Jackson, who started Sunday ranked joint 22nd all time, skyrocketed to number three on the all-time list.

Jackson who described her time as 'magnificent' said the time came as a surprise. "I did not expect to go this fast," Jackson said.

The Olympic 100m bronze medallist who was winning her second national 200m title after 2018, said the race was not flawless.

"For the next three weeks we (coach Paul Francis and herself) will clean up any mistakes I made and I expect greater things," the affable Jackson reasoned.

Only American world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner with 21.34 seconds from 1988 and Thompson-Herah 21.53 seconds from last year, have gone faster.

Meanwhile, Olympic 110m hurdles champion Hansle Parchment left nothing to chance as he recovered from a less than optimum start to catch a fast-starting Omar McLeod before pulling away to a massive win at 13.14 seconds (wind +1.0 m/s).

Rasheed Broadbell also closed the gap late to take second in a season’s best 13.20, while Orlando Bennett was third with 13.28 seconds.

Olympic finalist Britany Anderson lived up to her favourite’s tag by winning the 100m hurdles in 12.52 seconds ahead of Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Megan Tapper 12.60 and national record holder Danielle Williams 12.66 seconds.

Olympic finalist Candice McLeod returned a season’s best 50.29 seconds to hold off defending champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson 50.49 to win her first national 400m crown. Charokee Young was third in 50.76 seconds.

Jevaughn Powell won the men's equivalent in 45.50 seconds, followed by Nathon Allen with 45.64 seconds and Anthony Cox 45.65 seconds.

NCAA champion and national record holder Navasky Anderson battled in pouring rain to log of 1 minute, 48.53 seconds to win his maiden national 800m title ahead of Kimar Farquharson, 1 minute, 49.36 seconds.

World and Olympic finalist Natoya Goule with 2 minutes, 00.83 seconds, was denied a ninth title by the fast finishing Chris Ann Gordon-Powell who caught her in the last 10 metres to win in 2 minutes, 00.35 seconds. 


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