Shericka Jackson runs the second fastest 200m in the World C’ships

(Sports news) Over 21.45 extraordinary seconds, Shericka Jackson went supersonic into golden skies as the 100m World Champion Shelly Ann Fraser finished second, meanwhile defending 200m World Championship gold medalist Dina Asher-Smith found inspiration and claimed a stunning world bronze medal. But on a night where no one was catching Jackson, the Jamaican created history by clocking a staggering time of 21.45sec which made her the second fastest 200m athlete in history, behind only the late Florence Griffiths-Joyner. Given the doubts surrounding Flo-Jo’s 200m time in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Jackson has a legitimate claim to be the fastest 200m runner in history.

Silver was claimed by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who ran 21.81 to claim her 21st major medal of her career. Asher-Smith was delighted to win bronze in 22.02 as she dedicated her win to her grandmother, who came to England from Trinidad after the second world war to work in an NHS hospital in Lewisham. But the night belonged to Jackson as the biggest vibrations on the night came from her Puma spikes of which she proved herself the to be the fastest woman alive over 200m. What made her performance extraordinary was that after 100m, the top three were just  separated by 0.05sec but when Jackson hit the straight, she ran a stunning 10.41sec in the last 100m. No wonder the Jamaican fans were celebrating creating history at Eugene

During her career, Jackson has gone on to win 11 global medals at Olympics and world championships, across the 100m, 200m, 400m and 4x100m and 4x400m relays but an individual gold medal has always eluded her. In an era of extraordinary Jamaican sprinters, she was always the third Beatle. Over the years, she has absorbed the lessons from her friend and training partner at Fraser-Pryce at the MVP track and field club in Kingston. What made this victory even more special for Jackson is that she was knocked out of the 200m heats in Tokyo after she slowed down too much when in the lead. It was a tough lesson she learnt which made her cry but it also taught her a valuable lesson .

“I am feeling great,” said Jackson. “I came out and put on the show. The fastest woman alive, the national and championship record, I cannot complain.” It was hard to argue with that.

“No matter what you keep going,” she said. “After the Olympic Games I cried so hard and so much. But it was preparing me for this year and I am so grateful for this moment.”

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