Sherika Jackson is probably the most complete sprinter today. The 28-year-old Jamaican who may be overshadowed by her famous compatriots has deserved her spot under the spotlight with her results. Jackson is a five-time Olympic medalist and now a three-time world champion and also has been a part of numerous final races on the biggest athletic stages.
Where does it was started?
Jackson started her rise back in 2008 with a 400-meter race being her specialty as a 14 year old she won the 400-meter gold medal at the under 17 CARIFTA games in monster at Saint Kitts and Nevis with an impressive time of 54.52. She was also a member of the 4 by 400 meter relay that won the gold for Jamaica.
The next year at the same event this time as a 15-year-old. Jackson was even more dominant winning four gold medals she defended her 400-meter title with 53.48 and also added the 200-meter gold running 23.62. Besides the individual events, Jackson was a member of Jamaican 4 by 100 & 4 by 400m relays, adding two more gold medals to her resume.
In the upcoming years, Jackson participated in the most significant junior events where she showed that she can compete on an international level. In 2011 at the world youth championships in the French city of Lille, Jackson won the bronze in the 200 meters with 23.62 and the gold medal and the 4 by100 relay.
Next year in Barcelona Spain she competed at her first world under 20 championships. where she won the silver medal with a 4 by 400 meter and unfortunately was unable to bring home another medal in the 200m.Where she finished eighth in the final.
Jackson’s junior career was pretty promising but many wonder whether or not she could transfer it to the senior competition. It took some time but she made major progress in the 400m at the age of 21 in 2015. When she first went sub-51sec in June and finally sub 50 seconds in august.
First World Championship
- In the 2015 world championship in Beijing, she finished third in the 400m with a personal best of 49.99.
- Jackson won her first gold medal from the world championship and the 4 by 100m relay along side stephanie ann mcpherson and novlene williams-mills.
At Rio Olympics
The next season was even more impressive as Jackson qualified for her first Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the 400-meter race, she finished third winning the bronze medal with a time of 49.85, 41 tenths of seconds behind the winner Shaunae miller. While Allyson Felix won the silver medal this time. Another medal for Jackson came from the 4 by 400-meter relay, Jamaica finished second behind the united states.
Became a National Champion
In 2017 at the Jamaican athletic championships Jackson became a national champion for the first time winning the 400m event. Despite that, she failed to win any medal at the world championships in London finishing fifth in the 400 meters, and with the Jamaican relay failing to finish the 4 by 400-meter relay.
The next year Jackson became a Jamaican champion in the 200m for the first and only time in her career. later that year Jackson won her first major individual gold at the world cup in London after she ran 22.35 in the 200m race. She repeated that same accomplishment at the NACAC championships with 22.64. In both competitions, the Jamaican 4 by100m relay finished second with Jackson being part of it.
2019 Started well for Jackson as she won the gold in 400m at the pan american games with 50.73 and once again became a national champion in the same event. At the world championship in doha, she finished third in the 400 meter with a personal best of 49.47. which still stands until today. She was also a member of two relays for her country winning the gold and four by 100 meter and the bronze and four by 400 meters.
Biggest Mistake in Her Life
When she turned 26 she decided to focus on the shorter races, Mainly in 100 meters which surely showed up as the right move for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Jackson won the bronze medal in the 100-meter race as jamaica swept all metals in the event.
In the 200-meter event, Jackson probably made the biggest mistake of her career, as she suffered an embarrassing first-round exit after miscalculating her finish in the first-round heats. she had a good race in the heat but for some reason decided to slow down with 40 meters to go.
When she would have been third in the heat, Both runners hit the line with official times of 22.67 but officials eventually gave the third place to Kaddari by an official time ruling that found Kaddari had edged in front by microseconds.
With the heat being one of the slowest of the seven heats run. Jackson also failed to qualify as one of the fastest runners outside the top three finishers of each heat. In the end, she finished 29th in the event.
That failure didn’t stop her from running her best as a member of the Jamaican relays which helped them win the gold medal in the 4 by 100 meter with a new national record of 41.02. She also won the bronze in the 4 by400m relay.
Fastest Women in The World Alive
Destroying the previous championship record and she is now the fastest woman in the world alive. This was a truly dominant victory by the halfway point she had already made up the stagger on Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce. Who gets out over the opening 100 like a rocket, But the second half was where Shericka Jackson went into absolute overdrive.
This is the fastest time run in over 30 years & it cements Jackson as a potential candidate to break Florence Griffith Joyner’s world record.
But for today she is the world champion at 21.45 seconds.
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