Shericka Jackson returns to winning ways

Shericka Jackson of Jamaica smiles after winning the women’s 200-meter competition at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting in Rome, Thursday, June 9, 2022.
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Women’s world 200 metres champion, Shericka Jackson of Jamaica bounced back from her previous defeat to run a season’s best time at the Swedish Athletics Gala, the seventh leg of the World Athletics Diamond League series recently.

Jackson previously lost her two-year winning streak at the Bislett Games in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, and Olympic trials in her homeland recently.

However, the 29-year-old sprint queen clocked 22.69 seconds, which is more than a second off of her lifetime best.

She came off the bend with a clear lead leaving Julia Henriksson to take second in a personal best 22.89 secs, and Amy Brunt of Great Britain third in 22.92.

African Games champion Gina Bass of Gambia won 100m dash on the dip in 11.15, holding off runner-up Marie-Josée Ta LouSmith of the Ivory Coast, a mere one hundredths-of-a-second behind. Brittany Brown of the United States took third in a season’s best 11.18.

The three Jamaican women that finished 1-2-3 in the 400 hurdles in Oslo were no match for undisputed, and they trailed her home in a highly anticipated contest.

Contesting her first outdoor 400 hurdles race of the year world champion Femke Bol of the Netherlands won in 53.07. Rushell Clayton finished second in 53.78, while Andrenette Knight and Janieve Russell set season’s best times of 54.62 and 54.99, respectively.

Three Caribbean women occupied the first three slots In the women’s triple jump with world indoor silver medallist Leyanis Pérez Hernández of Cuba extending her unbeaten streak to a season’s best of 14.67 metres in the third round.

Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica finished behind her at 14.40m in the second round, and she finished ahead of world indoor champion Thea La Fond of Dominica, whose best measurement was 14.26 in the third round.