Shericka Jackson today added another feather to her cap by breaking the meet record in the women’s 200m event at the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.
Although her quest to shatter Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record fell short, her remarkable performance reaffirmed her status as the top female sprinter over 200m.
Jackson, who had been chasing the legendary Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 21.34 seconds set during the Seoul Olympics in 1988, finished the race in a blistering 21.57 seconds.
While she couldn’t quite rewrite history on this occasion, she did manage to surpass the previous meet record of 21.77 seconds, which had been established by the late Tori Bowie in 2017.
This victory marked the conclusion of an outstanding season for Jackson, in which she was unbeaten.
Her season highlights included clinching the gold medal at the World Championships and recording the second-fastest time in history, a scintillating 21.41 seconds.
However, the elusive world record set by Griffith-Joyner remains intact as Jackson gears up for the 2024 Olympic year with determination and vigour.
Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast secured the second position, achieving a season-best time of 22.10 seconds.
Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas grabbed the third spot with a time of 22.16 seconds. American sprinter Tee Tee Terry finished fourth, clocking in at 22.21 seconds.
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