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Thomas-Ricketts sets meet record 14.39m at Racers Grand Prix

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shanieka Thomas-Ricketts could not resist the lure of performing in front of her home fans despite arriving in the island just hours before the JN Racers Grand Prix last Saturday.

Thomas-Ricketts then hopped, skipped and jumped to a meet record 14.39m on her final effort, and she was grateful.

“I am really tired. I just got in this morning (Saturday) and I had to just get the motors running and just come out and see what's left in the tank. But I am grateful because I take none of this for granted,” said Thomas-Ricketts.

She lay down jumps of 13.94m, foul, 14.26m, 14.04m, 13.92m before erasing her own record on her final attempt.

The lanky jumper had just returned from the Oslo Bislett Games in Norway on Thursday, June 7, where she finished fourth with 14.44m.

“I was just happy that I was able to come out and finish injury-free. This is my second meet in two days, so I am just grateful to be here to perform for the Jamaican crowd,” Thomas-Ricketts noted.

Ana Tima of the Dominican Republic was second with 14.22m, also achieved on her last attempt, while Liadagmis Povea of Cuba finished third with 13.77m. American Imani Oliver was fourth with 13.39m and Ghana's Nadia Eke fifth with 13.18m.

Following her disappointing 10th place at the IAAF World Indoors in March, the 26-year-old Thomas-Ricketts has had a decent season so far which saw her copping the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games with a 14.52m in April.

She also achieved her season best of 14.55m at the Shanghai Diamond League on May 12 in China where she finished second.

“I have been having a great year so far; a little disappointing indoors, but for the outdoor season, I can't complain. I am hoping to keep improving and hopefully I will get a personal best this year,” said Thomas-Ricketts. Her personal best is 14.57m set in Kingston on April 2, 2016.