National Trials: Shericka Jackson ends Trials in blaze of 200m glory

KINGSTON, Jamaica— Shericka Jackson ran a blistering world leading and personal best 21.55 seconds (0.0m/s) the third fastest ever in history to win the women’s 200 metres on Sunday’s final day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior Championships at the National Stadium and complete the sprint double.

Jackson’s massive personal best time is bettered only by Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record 21.34 seconds set in 1988 and Elaine Thompson-Herah’s national record 21.53 seconds set last year at the Olympic Games.

Her previous best was 21.81 seconds set last year and it also beat the world lead 21.77 seconds set earlier in the day by American Abby Steiner to win the American Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Olympic Champion Thompson-Herah was second with 22.05 seconds and Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce third in 22.14 seconds.

American-born Andrew Hudson won the men’s 200m race in 20.10 seconds (0.5m/s), beating 100m champion Yohan Blake in 20.31 seconds and Nigel Ellis third in 20.41 seconds.

Paul A Reid

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