Shericka Jackson wins 100m crown at Jamaica Olympic trials

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Sprinting superstar Shericka Jackson claimed the women’s 100m title at the 2024 Jamaica Olympic trials on Saturday night at the National Stadium, clocking a season’s best 10.84 seconds for the victory.

Jackson fought hard for the win, securing the national 100m title for the third consecutive time since dethroning Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 2022.

“My main goal was to make the top three,” said Jackson. “I know I was in shape based on how well training was going. People were speculating because they did not see me at my best, but my coach and I know when to peak for championships.”

The two-time 200m world champion, who had competed only once in the 100m before the trials, now ranks as the fastest Jamaican woman this season. Her 10.84 time moves her to fifth place on the World Athletics rankings, behind world 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson (10.71), Jacious Sears (10.77), Julien Alfred (10.78), and Melissa Jefferson (10.80).

Tia Clayton, who stunned Jackson in the semifinals with a big personal best of 10.86 seconds, crossed the line in second place with a time of 10.90 seconds after leading for a significant portion of the race, securing her first Olympic berth at age 19.

Triple Olympic gold medallist Fraser-Pryce took third place in 10.94 seconds, qualifying for her fifth Olympics.

This will be the last Olympics for the iconic sprinter. The 37-year-old told the February edition of Essence magazine in an interview that she will retire after the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In Paris, Fraser-Pryce will aim to add to the eight Olympic medals she has already won in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relays.

Elaine Thompson-Herah, the first woman in 28 years to win both the Olympic 100m and 200m titles and the first to retain both, withdrew from the trials due to a leg injury sustained at the New York Grand Prix on June 9. The five-time Olympic champion could not recover in time for the Olympic trials.