Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Take First Two Positions in Women’s 200m Race2 min read
Fraser-Pryce expressed joy that her fellow Jamaican had succeed in setting a new world championship record.
Jamaicans continued their dominance in the World Championships after Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took the first two positions in the Women’s 200m race.
Shericka Jackson produced the second-fastest time in 200m history to clinch the gold medal in an impressive time of 21.45 seconds.
This is a new championship record although it’s still 0.11 seconds slower than the world record. The silver medal was clinched by Fraser-Pryce who finished in an equally impressive time of 21.81sec. The final medal was collected by Dina Smith with a time of 22.02; she is the current defending champion.
The record time of 21.34 is still held by Florence Griffith-Joyner who was in spectacular form when she set this time in 1988.
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah recorded a time 22.39sec to finish in a disappointing seventh position.
Many people were expecting Fraser-Pryce to carry the gold medal because she had emerged as the winner of the 100m race earlier in the championships. This was a realistic expectation because she had won both the 100m and 200m races in the 2013 Moscow World Champs.
Fraser-Pryce was the quickest runner out of the blocks until Jackson caught up with her and overtook her to finish first.
Asher-Smith was forced to hold-off the persistent Seyni who was pushing her for the bronze medal. After the race, Dina Smith revealed that she had been struggling to cope with the death of her 92-year-old grandmother.
She said that she had to find inner strength to compete in this championship because her grandmother was very close to her heart.
This gold medal means that Jackson is the first female world championship competitor to secure medals in the 100m, 200m and 400m. She started her career in 400m races before she switched to 100m and 200m.
Fraser-Pryce expressed joy that her fellow Jamaican had succeed in setting a new world championship record. The 35-year-old Fraser-Pryce said that she is now going to focus on preserving her body for 2023 and 2024 in Paris.