#WorldChamps2023: Shericka Jackson ready to defend 200m title
The fastest living woman on Earth, Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson is on her way to successfully defend her 200m title after cruising to a time of 22.00 seconds to win semi-final three of the event at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Thursday.
Jackson crossed the line ahead of world 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson of America (22.20) and Marie-Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast in a season’s best 22.26.
Natalliah Whyte registered a time of 22.52 for third in semi-final one. The fourth fastest woman of all time, Gabby Thomas of America, made 21.97 look easy to win. Former world champion Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain secured the second spot in 22.52.
Kevona Davis, who is the 2017 World Youth bronze medallist, ran a fantastic bend but faded in the latter part of the race, finishing fifth in a time of 22.34. Her University of Texas teammate, Julien Alfred of St Lucia won in 22.17 seconds. Great Britain’s national champion Daryll Neita finished second with a personal best of 22.21.
Bahamian Anthonique Strachan claimed the second non-automatic qualifying spot in 22.30.
The final of the women’s 200m is slated for Friday at 2:40 pm Jamaica time.