Athletics-Jamaica Jackson runs third fastest 200m ever

By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) – Shericka Jackson ran the third fastest 200 meters of all time clocking 21.55 seconds to seal a sprint double at the Jamaican National Trials for next month’s World Championships on Sunday.

The 27-year-old led out of the corner and cleared down the straight to add the 200m crown to the 100m title she won on Friday. Elaine Thompson-Herah was second in 22.05 and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce third in 22.14.

Only the late Florence Griffith Joyner, who set her long-standing world record of 21.34 seconds in 1988, and her compatriot Thompson-Herah, who clocked 21.53 to seal the Olympics sprint double of Tokyo last year, ran faster.

Asked if she expected to post such a fast time, Jackson told Reuters: “Honestly no! I didn’t expect to go this fast.”

Jackson, who won bronze in the 100m in Tokyo, wasn’t entirely happy with her performance.

“Over the next three weeks we (coach Paul Francis and I) will correct all the mistakes I made and I expect bigger things,” she added.

Andrew Hudson, who recently switched from the United States to Jamaica, won the men’s 200m in 20.10 ahead of Yohan Blake in 20.31 and Nigel Ellis in 20.41.

In the men’s 110m hurdles, Olympic champion Hansle Parchment recovered from a slow start to catch Omar McLeod and win in 13.14.

“I always try to focus on maintaining my technique because I feel like a lot of people might get upset during the race as I go, so I maintain that focus to give myself an edge. “, Parchment told Reuters.

Rasheed Broadbell was second at 13.20 while Orlando Bennett was third at 13.28.

McLeod, the 2016 Olympic champion and 2017 world champion, cleared a hurdle and struggled to come in last place.

Britany Anderson lived up to her status as the favorite in the women’s 100m hurdles, crossing the line in 12.53 ahead of Tokyo bronze medalist Megan Tapper (12.60) and Danielle Williams (12.66).

“A personal best was definitely on my mind, but because of the rain it was all messed up, but I refocused and made it into the team,” Anderson told Reuters.

Candice McLeod clocked a season best 50.29 to hold off defending champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson (50.49) and claim her first national crown in the 400m. Charokee Young was third in 50.76.

Jevaughn Powell won the men’s 400m in 45.50 ahead of Nathon Allen in 45.64 and Anthony Cox in 45.65.

Earlier, Navasky Anderson battled through pouring rain to win the men’s 800m in 1 minute, 48.53, while Chrisann Gordon-Powell robbed Natoya Goule of a ninth title in the women’s race.

On the court, 2015 World Championship bronze medalist O’Dayne Richards threw 19.58m to claim his ninth shot put title.

(Reporting by Kayon Raynor in Kingston; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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