Ricketts Makes Triple Jump Win In Opener

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts opens season with 14.50m to win the triple jump at Jamaica Athletics Invitational at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

She lifted her home fans’ spirit with a a bold and beautiful performance to take home the triple jump crown showing her class at the inaugural meet.

The two-time World Championships silver medalist produced a best jump of 14.50m on her first attempt that proved to be enough to win in the end.

American Jasmine Moore had a best jump of 14.28m for second while Dominican World Indoor Champion Thea Lafond jumped 14.22m in the sixth and final round to clinch third.

“I feel exceptional. I usually get started with my season much earlier but this year we decided to get a few things corrected before coming into competition,” Ricketts said following the competition.

“Competing with world class athletes who have been doing well indoors as well really pushed me and gave me a good implication of where I’m at this season,” she added.

The 2022 Commonwealth Champion also spoke on competing in Jamaica.

“It’s always a pleasure to compete in Kingston. Usually, I try to do a meet here before going overseas to compete in the Diamond League. The crowd has warmed up to the jumps because of how well I’ve been doing overseas over the years. I’m always grateful for the support,” she said.

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