Shericka Jackson ran the third-fastest 200 meters of all time.
Shericka Jackson completed a sprint double on Sunday in the Jamaican national trials for the World Championships by running the third-fastest 200 meters of all time in 21.55 seconds.
To add the 200m championship to the 100m crowns she won on Friday, the 27-year-old took the lead going out of the bend and drew away down the straight. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce came in third with a time of 22.14, just ahead of Elaine Thompson-Herah in second place.
Only two people have raced faster: compatriot Thompson-Herah, who ran the sprint double at the 2016 Tokyo Olympics in 21.53 seconds, and the late Florence Griffith Joyner, who established her long-standing world record of 21.34 seconds in 1988.
When asked whether she had anticipated recording such a speedy time, Jackson responded to Reuters: “No! I didn’t anticipate moving this quickly.”
Jackson, who took home a bronze medal in the 100-meter race in Tokyo, wasn’t quite happy with her performance.
She said, “Coach Paul Francis and I will correct whatever errors I made over the next three weeks, and I anticipate bigger things.”
Yohan Blake and Nigel Ellis were beaten by Andrew Hudson (20.10). The latter had transferred his allegiance from the United States to Jamaica.
Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of the men’s 110m hurdles overcame a slow start to overtake Omar McLeod and then draw away to win in 13.14.
To give himself an advantage, Parchment said, “I am constantly trying to concentrate on preserving my technique because I feel like a lot of people could become overwhelmed in the race as they go along.”
Orlando Bennett finished third with 13.28, followed by Rasheed Broadbell in second place with 13.20.
The 2016 Olympic and 2017 world champion McLeod, who got out to a quick start, hit a wall and labored to the finish line in last place.
With a time of 12.53, Britany Anderson finished first in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, beating Megan Tapper (12.60), who won bronze in Tokyo, and Danielle Williams (12.66).
A personal best was undoubtedly on Anderson’s mind. Still, due to the weather, “everything just got screwed up,” Anderson told Reuters. Nevertheless, Anderson refocused and made the squad.
To defeat the reigning champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson (50.49) and claim her first national 400m title, Candice McLeod ran a season-best time of 50.29. In 50.76, Charokee Young came in third.
Before Nathon Allen in 45.64 and Anthony Cox in 45.65, Jevaughn Powell won the men’s 400-meter race in 45.50.
Earlier, Chrisann Gordon-Powell denied Natoya Goule a ninth victory in the women’s event.
At the same time, Navasky Anderson persevered through the torrential rain to win the men’s 800m in 1 minute, 48.53.
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