Shericka Jackson defends world title in women’s 200m with breathtaking run | Athletics News

Shericka Jackson ran the second-fastest women’s 200m in history, crushing a star-studded field and defending her world title in Budapest on Friday. The 29-year-old Jamaican’s victory was never in doubt as she lapped a superb corner to get onto the straight by a clear margin, finishing in an impressive 21.41 seconds. USA Olympic bronze medalist Gabby Thomas took the silver in 21.81 seconds, while compatriot Sha’Carri Richardson ran a personal best of 21.92 seconds, adding a bronze to the gold she won impressively in the 100m added.

It was sweet revenge for Jackson after she had to settle for a silver medal in the 100m behind Richardson.

Her time was just seven-hundredths of a second slower than the late Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 1988 world record, suggesting she may one day break that mark.

“As an athlete you have to bounce back from disappointment,” Jackson told the BBC.

“One of my main goals this season was to win both 100 and 200. That didn’t happen. I said: ‘This must not happen’.”

“I think I did pretty well tonight. Ah, 21.41, I’m getting there, I’m getting where I want to be, and tonight was a living testimony of never giving up.”

“I’m pretty proud, especially of my community. I know my mom was unwell (excited).”

She looked surprised to be told she was the first Jamaican to retain the 200-meter title since Merlene Ottey, who followed her win in 1993 with gold two years later.

Griffith-Joyner’s record has long been tarnished by suspicions that she was fueled by doping, but Jackson said she would not speak libel. “First of all, and I said this last year, I can’t say anything about a world record if someone never fails a test. I’m not the world record holder.”

“Stay calm”

The Jamaican, who rose in 2021 after winning Olympic and world bronze in the 400m, burst out of her blocks and swallowed both Thomas and Richardson in front of her. Thomas failed to impress as they cruised down the straight while Richardson recovered slightly and Julien passed Alfred.

“My goal was to finish in the finals of both competitions, so for me it was already a mission accomplished,” said 23-year-old Richardson, who becomes the first American to compete at the 2011 championships in Daegu since Carmelita Jeter to win in both sprints world medals.

“But to win the 100m and get a medal in the 200m is a dream come true. After not qualifying for the team at all last year, to be on the podium in both races is great.”

“My talent is immeasurable.”

Thomas admitted she was stunned to see her race and Jackson’s stellar time on the big screen.

“I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the screen afterwards. I ran my race and kept my composure, so I’m happy to take silver,” said the American.

Thomas said she still hopes to compete in both the 4x100m relay final on Saturday and the 4x400m relay final on Sunday.

The Harvard graduate said it was “an incredible feeling” to have come back and won a medal after missing out on last year’s World Championships due to a hamstring injury. “It’s an incredible feeling,” she said.

“To win a medal again in a world final is great. I’m in the right shape here, both physically and mentally, and silver is good.”

2019 British champion Dina Asher-Smith was only seventh, with Ivory Coast’s Ta Lou eighth. This extends the dry spell in the US 200m titles, which dates back to Alysson Felix’s third consecutive title in Berlin in 2009.

Jackson and Richardson will meet for the third time at these championships on Saturday in the 4x100m relay.

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