Jackson delivers on sprint double promise
New national 200m women's champion Shericka Jackson described her world-leading performance as unexpected as the JAAA National Senior and Junior Championships concluded last night at the National Stadium.
Jackson completed the national sprint double, clocking 21.55 seconds, the fastest time this year, and the third fastest time over that distance in history. Double sprint Olympic champion Elaine Thompson Herah was second in 22.05, while four-time World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was third in 22.14.
Jackson erased Abby Steiner's 21.77, set hours earlier, as the world lead at the United States Senior Championships.
Jackson promised something special for the 200m after her 100m title win on Friday because of how hard she has been working on her technique in running the curve.
"Honestly, I have been working hard on running the curve," she said. "I wanted to do that and I know once I ran that curve and execute properly down the home stretch, just to relax. I knew I would have run fast, but this fast? I never expected it. But I am grateful."
Jackson said that her performance at the Diamond League meet in Rome on June 9, when she beat Thompson Herah, was a turning point.
"The curve is one of the things that I want to master," she said last night. "I think that I did pretty good tonight. So many mistakes made, but I know that my coach (Paul Francis) will correct them."
The men's 200m crown was captured by Andrew Hudson, who clocked 21.10. National 100m champion Yohan Blake was second in 20.31, while Nigel Ellis was third in 20.41.
Tokyo Olympic champion Hansle Parchment captured the men's 110m hurdles title in 13.14 seconds, while Rasheed Broadbell finished second in 13.20. Orlando Bennett placed third in 13.28. Former Olympic and World champion Omar McLeod finished eighth in 13.54.
Britany Anderson won her first national women's 100m hurdles title in 12.53. Tokyo Olympic games bronze medallist Megan Tapper was second in 12.60. Former World champion Danielle Williams finished third in 12.66.
Jevaughn Powell captured the 400m men's title, clocking 45.50 seconds. Nathon Allen was second in 45.64, and Anthony Cox third in 45.65. Candice McLeod won the women's 400m title in 50.29. Stephenie Ann McPherson was second in 50.49, while Charokee Young was third in 50.76.
Chrisann Gordon-Powell won the women's 800m title in 2:00.35 minutes, and national men's record holder Navasky Anderson won the men's 800m title in 1:48.53.
In the field, national senior record holder and 2015 World championship bronze medallist O'Dayne Richards won the men's shot put with a distance of 19.58m, and Carifta Games Under-20 champion Jaydon Hibbert won his first senior men's triple jump title with a distance of 16.41m.