Athletics

Jackson says coach Francis to determine her events

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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If Shericka Jackson knows which events she will be focusing on this season, she is not ready to say what they are yet, but it could be the 200m, the 400m, or both.

After running 51.6 seconds on the lead-off leg on the Jamaican women's successful 4x400m relays in the USA vs the World relays at the 125th Penn Relays in Philadelphia last weekend, Jackson toyed with members of the media as to her plans for the season.

When asked by the Jamaica Observer what event she would be contesting this year, the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games 200m bronze medallist said, “You will just have to wait and see. There has been a lot of speculations as to what I will do this season, if it is the 200m or the 200m/400m double. It's up to coach (Stephen Francis) what I will be doing; I am in pretty good form right now; I am where I want to be.”

Jackson is not sure where she will run her first individual event either, but says it could be a 400m and is yet to be decided.

She did concede, when asked which event she would prefer, that “sometimes I think that I want to run the 200m, but my coach knows best. I will see how I do in training then choose the best event for me”.

After two years of not running the 400m Jackson said it was good to compete over the one lap race at the Penn Relays. “It was good; I felt really good. I haven't run a 400m since 2017, so coming here and participating on the start leg it was a good blow-out for me to see where I am in training, so I am just hoping for the best.”

She has been running at the Penn Relays for years, as a Vere Technical schoolgirl and also as part of the University of Technology teams, and says the Penn Relays crowds are special.

“This crowd is always big and seems to get bigger every year. It gives us a little extra push; I love the Penn Relays crowd; they are real track and fields fans and I love them and love to perform for them,” she said.

—Paul Reid


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