Shericka Jackson blazes to 200m gold at World Athletics Championships

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Shericka Jackson produced a magnificent performance to win the gold medal in the women’s 200 metres at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday night at Hayward Field.

Jackson finished in 21.45 seconds, a world championships record and the second-fastest time in the event’s history.

Only Florence Griffith-world Joyner’s record time of 21.34 seconds set at the 1988 Summer Olympics beat Jackson’s time.

With the victory, Jackson becomes the only woman in history to have won world championship medals in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. She made her international debut as a 400m runner in 2015 before switching to 100m and 200m in 2021.

“Last year was a learning year for me and I wanted to come out here and perform at my best,” Jackson said. 

“Last year, I never made (the) semifinal at the 200m at the Olympics and that was really, really disappointing for me.”

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, hoping to double after winning the 100 meters, finished second in a time of 21.81 seconds. England’s Dina Asher-Smith was third at 22.02.

American Abby Steiner finished fifth in a time of 22.26 and Tamara Clark crossed sixth at 22.32.

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