'I got strict instructions,' says Shericka Jackson

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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In 2018 Shericka Jackson ran the 200m instead of the 400m, which she has focused on since beginning her professional career.

A silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 22.18secs in April, behind winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, set the tone for the year.

Jackson continued to enjoy relative success over the half- lap event for the rest of the year that was void of any other major championships.

Recently fans got to see her run a peculiar 400m at the Nike Seniors Link Up at National Stadium, which left them with more questions than answers about how her season will go this year.

Jackson ran a very fast 300m to lead the field coming off the final turn before coming to almost a full stop, crossing the line in sixth place in the end.

She later explained why fans had to be exposed to the unusual race strategy she had displayed.

“I wasn't supposed to run the 400m today,” she revealed. “I was actually supposed to run the 200m so I wasn't going to run and then I said let me run the 400m.

“I got strict instruction just to run a hard 300m, and I think I did pretty good running a hard 300,” Jackson declared.

“I am feeling good. I think I am in the right shape now cause it's still early in the season, so it was a pretty good run today.”

The question to be answered in this, a World Championships year, is which event will the 24-year-old focus on?

She has won bronze medals in the 400m at the World Championships in 2015 and Olympic Games in 2016, and with a much faster 200m in her arsenal now the could be ready for even better medals in the full -lap event.

But the MVP athlete remained coy when asked about what the focus will be this year.

“You just have to wait and see. I am working on a lot of stuff in training like the start, so if I do run the 200m I will be prepared, and if I am supposed to run the 400m I will be prepared to do that.”

Miller-Uibo and Salwa Naser of Bahrain are two of her main competitors in the 400m, but the former national champion says that she will be focusing on herself this year and not anyone she is likely to come up against.

“You always have Shaunae (Miller-Uibo), you have Naser, you have a lot of competitors out there that are world-class, so I can't focus on anybody right now. The focus is just to get better than what I did in 2017 because I haven't run the 400m since 2017; so it is a pretty good progress so far and I am loving it.”

Jackson was among athletes selected to run on the 4x200m relay team for Jamaica at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan, on the weekend — which finished fourth after two fumbled baton exchanges.the team was later upgraded to third place, however, after the Americans were disqualified.

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