World Athletics Champion Jackson Can Finally Watch Nasty Olympic Video

With a World Championship gold medal in the 200 meters safely pocketed for the second fastest time in history, Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson is at the peak of her career and says she will now allow herself to watch a video of his lowest moment. Jackson was the dominant force in Thursday’s high-quality final, blasting her way down the straight to win in 21.45 seconds, ahead of compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith.

Her time is just behind the late American Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 21.34 of 1988 on the all-time list. At 28, Jackson was already hugely decorated, with world relay golds and a host of silver and bronze medals, but Thursday’s success not only secured that coveted first individual title, but will go some way to erase the pain and embarrassment of the Tokyo Olympics.

With a bronze medal in the 100m in her bag, Jackson qualified for the first round of the 200m as the third fastest in the field and with high hopes of another medal, possibly gold. However, by releasing too soon and too much, she almost stopped on the line, as Italian Dalia Kaddari slipped four thousandths of a second ahead of her to snatch third place in automatic qualifying, the Jamaican’s time not not being good enough. to take one of the fastest loser’s slots. “Finally I can go watch the video of the Olympic Games heats – I’ve never watched it,” Jackson told Reuters. “I wanted to clear my mind mentally, not to think it could happen again. I just wanted to get past it.

“So now that I’m world champion and I’ve bounced back from everything I’ve done, I can say ‘OK, so finally now I can go watch it’.” She could also unearth footage of Griffith-Joyner’s Seoul Olympic exploits six years before the Jamaican was born.

She will see stunning margin victories at times that have been out of reach in the decades since, although the dark cloud of doping suspicion continues to hang over her performances. Griffith-Joyner died at the age of 38. Aided by improved carbon spikes and track technology, Jackson is now just over a 10th of a second away from that 200m record, but says chasing it is not part of her plan.

“I don’t think about it and I don’t target it,” she said. “I’m really happy and excited to have a national record and a championship record today, but my coach always says ‘great execution will bring fast times’. meet those expectations, you end up disappointing yourself, and he sometimes it’s hard to come back to your disappointment.

“I don’t want to have that. Every time I compete, I want to have a free spirit.”

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