Shericka Jackson
Meeting de Paris, Stade Charlety - 30 juin 2018 (28260086757).jpg
Jackson in 2018
Personal information
Born (1994-07-16) 16 July 1994 (age 28)
Saint Ann, Jamaica
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)[1]
Sport
CountryJamaica
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Sprint
TeamPuma & MVP Track Club
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2015 Beijing
  • 400 m,  Bronze
  • 4×400 m,  Gold
  • 2017 London
  • 400 m, 5th
  • 2019 Doha
  • 400 m,  Bronze
  • 4×100 m,  Gold
  • 4×400 m,  Bronze
  • 2022 Eugene
  • 100 m,  Silver
  • 200 m,  Gold
  • 4×100 m,  Silver
Olympic finals
  • 2016 Rio de Janeiro
  • 400 m,  Bronze
  • 4×400 m,  Silver
  • 2020 Tokyo
  • 100 m,  Bronze
  • 4×100 m,  Gold
  • 4×400 m,  Bronze
Personal best(s)

Shericka Jackson, OD (born 16 July 1994)[2] is a Jamaican sprinter competing in the 100 m, 200 m, and 400 metres. She is the fastest woman alive and second fastest woman of all time in the 200 metres since 2022.

Jackson started her career as a 400 m sprinter, winning bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, 2015 World Championships and 2019 World Championships. At the same competitions, she added medals in the 4 x 400 m relays, taking a silver, gold and bronze, respectively. She earned also the gold medal in the 4 x 100 m relay at the 2019 World Championships.

After Jackson shifted to shorter sprints in 2021 she won bronze in the 100 m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, adding a gold and bronze for the 4 x 100 m and 4 x 400 m relays respectively. That year, she achieved sub-10.8-second and sub-22-second personal bests in the 100 m and 200 m respectively and with her 400 m lifetime best below 49.5 s she became one of few women to reach such marks at all those events simultaneously. At the 2022 World Championships, Jackson won a silver for the 100 m, gold in the 200 m setting national record, and a silver for the 4 x 100 m relay. She was the 2022 Diamond League 200 m champion.

Career

Jackson in the foreground during 400 m semi-finals of the 2019 World Championships
Jackson in the foreground during 400 m semi-finals of the 2019 World Championships

Since 2008 Shericka Jackson had been winning gold medals in different age categories at the CARIFTA Games, and then CACAC Junior Championships. She placed in the 200 metres finals of the 2010 Youth Olympics, 2011 World Youth Championships (3rd), and the 2012 World Junior Championships.

Her greater progress in the 400 m came at the age of 21 in 2015, when she first went under 51 seconds in June and finally sub-50-second in August.[2]

2021

Under the guidance of renowned coach Stephen Francis, Jackson switched to the 100 m and 200 m sprints for the 2021 season, running personal bests of 10.77 s and 21.82 s respectively at the Jamaica Olympic Trials in Kingston.

She came third in the 100 m at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics with even better PB of 10.76 s, just behind fellow country woman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who clocked 10.74 s. The Jamaicans swept the medal stand in the event for the second time in history as Elaine Thompson-Herah took the gold medal in 10.61 s.[3] In the 200 metres, she failed to advance out of the heats after she slowed down before the finish line and was passed by Dalia Kaddari for the third automatic advancement spot by four one-thousandths of a second; her time of 23.26 s was not fast enough to earn one of the advancement-by-time places.[4][5]

2022

Jackson with her gold at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene
Jackson with her gold at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene

Jackson continued to impress in the shorter sprints throughout the 2022 season winning 3 medals at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon. At the Jamaican trials, she won the sprint double, clocking 10.77 seconds in the 100m and 21.55 seconds in the 200m; her 21.55-second clocking elevated her to #3 all-time.[2] At the World Championships, Jackson won the silver medal at the 100m, in a then-personal best of 10.73 seconds making her the joint 7th fastest woman of all time and copped the gold medal in the 200m in a championship and national record of 21.45 seconds, making her the fastest woman alive and second fastest woman of all time at the event.[2] In the 4x100 meters relay final, Jackson ran a spectacular split of 9.72 s on the anchor leg, but wasn't able to pass the American sprinter Twanisha Terry. Consequently, she and the Jamaican team consisting of Kemba Nelson, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce earned the silver medal in a season's best of 41.18 seconds, the sixth fastest time in history.[2] At the Monaco Diamond League on 10 August, Jackson lowered her personal best to 10.71 seconds to finish second behind Fraser-Pryce (10.62 s) and just ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast who ran an African Record of 10.72 s. With her result Jackson became the sixth fastest woman and third fastest Jamaican woman of all time.[2][6][7]

Achievements

Information from World Athletics profile.[2]

Personal bests

Event Time (s) Wind Venue Date Notes
100 metres 10.71 +0.4 m/s Monaco 10 August 2022 #6 all-time
200 metres 21.45 +0.6 m/s Eugene, OR, United States 21 July 2022 NR #2 all-time
400 metres 49.47 Doha, Qatar 3 October 2019

International competitions

Representing  Jamaica
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2008 CARIFTA Games (U17) Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis 1st 400 m 54.52
1st 4×400 m 3:39.62
2009 CARIFTA Games (U17) Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia 1st 200 m 23.62
1st 400 m 53.48
1st 4×100 m 45.05
1st 4×400 m 3:38:09
2010 CARIFTA Games (U18) George Town, Cayman Islands 1st 200 m 23.64 w
2nd 400 m 53.71
1st 4×100 m 45.98
1st 4×400 m 3:44.02
Central American and Caribbean
Junior Championships
(U18)
Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep. 1st 200 m 24.23
1st 4×100 m 45.67
1st 4×400 m 3:43.08
World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 4th 4×100 m 44.68 [n 1]
Youth Olympic Games Singapore 4th 200 m 24.08
2011 CARIFTA Games (U20) Montego Bay, Jamaica 2nd 200 m 23.48
1st 4×100 m 44.08
World Youth Championships Lille, France 3rd 200 m 23.62
1st Medley relay 2:03.42
2012 CARIFTA Games (U20) Hamilton, Bermuda 3rd 200 m 24.03
2nd 4×100 m 45.18
Central American and Caribbean
Junior Championships
(U20)
San Salvador, El Salvador 2nd 200 m 23.87
1st 4×400 m 3:37.21
World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 8th 200 m 23.53
2nd 4×400 m 3:32.97
2013 CARIFTA Games (U20) Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 200 m 22.84
1st 4×400 m 3:34.36
2014 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 4×400 m 3:23.26
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 3rd 400 m 49.99
1st 4×400 m 3:19.13 WL
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 400 m 49.85
2nd 4×400 m 3:20.34
2017 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 1st 4×200 m 1:29.04 CR NR
World Championships London, United Kingdom 5th 400 m 50.76
DNF 4×400 m DNF
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 2nd 200 m 22.18
World Cup London, United Kingdom 1st 200 m 22.35
2nd 4×100 m 42.60
NACAC Championships Toronto, Canada 1st 200 m 22.64
2nd 4×100 m 43.33
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan 3rd 4×200 m 1:33.21
Pan American Games Lima, Peru 1st 400 m 50.73
World Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd 400 m 49.47 PB
1st 4×100 m 41.44 WL
3rd 4×400 m 3:22.37
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 3rd 100 m 10.76 PB
29th (h) 200 m 23.26
1st 4×100 m 41.02 NR
3rd 4×400 m 3:21.24 SB
2022 World Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 6th 60 m 7.04
World Championships Eugene, OR, United States 2nd 100 m 10.73 PB
1st 200 m 21.45 CR NR
2nd 4x100 m 41.18 SB
NACAC Championships Freeport, Bahamas 1st 100 m 10.83

Circuit wins

National titles

Notes

  1. ^ Time from the heats; Jackson was replaced in the final

References

  1. ^ "Rio 2016 bio". Archived from the original on 25 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Shericka JACKSON – Athlete Profile". World Athletics. Retrieved 1 January 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Reid, Paul A (31 July 2021). "Thompson-Herah smashes Flo-Jo's Olympic record, leads Jamaican sweep in women's 100m". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 31 July 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Jamaica's Shericka Jackson out of 200m after rookie heats blunder". NBC. 1 August 2021. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Tokyo Olympics: Shericka Jackson 200m heat results, Jamaica runner's unforgivable act". 2 August 2021.
  6. ^ Jeffery, Nicole (10 August 2022). "Kipyegon and Fraser-Pryce continue hot streak in Monaco". World Athletics. Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  7. ^ Bailey, Robert (11 August 2022). "Fraser-Pryce happy for consistency: Sets new world lead, takes aim at personal best". The Gleaner. Kingston. Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  8. ^ "World Leaders by Ingebrigtsen & Korir Highlight 2022 Diamond League Final". LetsRun.com. 8 September 2022. Retrieved 8 September 2022.