Shericka Jackson Turns Up The Heat

Jamaica’s rising star, 27-year-old Shericka Jackson, was in a spanking form on the track at Jamaica’s National Senior Athletics Championships on Sunday.

She put history to the track when she ran the third-fastest time on Sunday to cap her outstanding campaign at the meet.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics 100m bronze medalist sped to a world-leading 21.55s in still conditions to complete the sprint double and announce herself as a gold medal favorite for the World Championships in Oregon in three weeks’ time.

Jackson won the 100m in a season-best 10.77 on Friday night.

Playing second fiddle was the Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, who ran a season-best 22.05, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who finished third in 22.14.

Following the race, Jackson said she and her coach would review the tape as she made several mistakes in the race that yielded the third-fastest time in history.

Only Florence Griffiths-Joyner’s 21.34 and Thompson-Herah’s 21.53 national record are faster than Jackson’s new lifetime best.

The 5feet 8 inches tall athlete had been stamping her class on the track since 2008.

Jackson had been winning gold medals in different age categories at the CARIFTA Games and then CACAC Junior Championships.

She placed in the 200 meters finals of the 2010 Youth Olympics, 2011 World Youth Championships (3rd), and the 2012 World Junior Championships.

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