Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson left no room for doubt on Saturday as she powered to victory at the Prefontaine Classic – Wanda Diamond League Final 2023, beating U.S. world champion Sha’Carri Richardson in the 100-meter dash.
Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah also signalled her return to peak form with an exceptional performance.
Coming off a disappointing loss at the Budapest World Athletics Championships last month, Shericka Jackson rebounded in spectacular fashion, seizing control of the race in the latter half of the sprint.
The two-time world 200-meter champion blazed across the finish line in a remarkable 10.70 seconds, assisted by a favourable wind of +0.8 m/s.
Sha’Carri Richardson, the highly-touted U.S. world champion, found herself trailing behind in fourth place, clocking in at 10.80 seconds, as she struggled to match Jackson’s explosive pace.
The early pace-setter in the race was Marie-Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, who crossed the finish line in 10.75 seconds to secure the second-place spot.
Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Jamaican sprint sensation who claimed double gold at the Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games, continued her comeback journey with a strong third-place finish.
She posted a season-best time of 10.79 seconds, reaffirming her status as one of the world’s premier sprinters.
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