Shericka Jackson completes the 100-200 double at the Jamaican National Athletics Championships.

Updated: Jul 19


On the final day of the Jamaican National Athletics Championships on Sunday, Shericka Jackson delivered on her promise to do something exceptional in the women's 200m, clocking a world-leading 21.55 seconds (0.0m/s).


At the global team trials at Kingston's national stadium, Jamaican track stars delivered the third-fastest event in history, with Jackson convincingly accomplishing the 100-200 sprint double.


After winning the 100-meter race on Friday, Jackson shocked herself by running the 200-meter race in a time that is only slightly slower than the Jamaican record of 21.53 set by Elaine Thompson-Herah at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 34-year-old world record set by US legend Florence Griffith-Joyner.


In all honesty, I'm surprised by the timing, "Jackson remarked. "I never anticipated moving that quickly. I could run that quickly because I knew I had something exceptional in my legs. Just thankful."


Jackson beat her previous record of 21.81 from the previous year. Abby Steiner of America established the previous world record earlier on Sunday to win the US title, clocking in at 21.77.


Jackson, 28, has previously captured a 400m senior national title.


Thompson-Herah, the Olympic champion, came in second in 22.05, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took third in 22.14.


American-born Andrew Hudson won the men's 200-meter race in 20.10 seconds (0.5 meters per second), edging out 100-meter winner Yohan Blake's 20.31, and Nigel Ellis' 20.41.


Olympic champion from Tokyo Hansle Parchment triumphed in the 110-meter hurdles final in 13.14 seconds (1.0 meters per second), taking the lead late in the race after former World and Olympic champion Omar McLeod made a strong start.


With a season-best 13.20, Rasheed Broadbell placed second, and Orlando Bennett finished third in 13.28. McLeod, who failed the third obstacle, came in ninth.


Britany Anderson, who finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics, triumphed after overtaking the final three hurdles to win in 12.53 (0.6 m/s).


Megan Tapper, the reigning champion and Olympic bronze medalist, finished second with a season-best equaling 12.60, while Danielle Williams, the 2015 world champion, finished third with a season-best 12.66.


In the women's 800 m, Natoya Goule-Topping, an eight-time national champion, and Olympic finalist were defeated by Chris-Ann Gordon-Powell, who finished in 2:00.25 to Goule's 2:00.83 and Adelle Tracey's 2:01.18.


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