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Olympian Shericka Jackson
Track & Field Star On The Rise
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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer
One thing Jamaica is not short of is gifted sprinters and Shericka Jackson definitely fits the mould. If you are not an avid follower of Track and Field, you may believe the Olympian just burst on the scene in recent years, but she has quite an impressive career that simply must be explored. So who is Shericka Jackson?
Jacko as she is affectionately called, was born on July 16th, 1994, to parents Desmond Jackson and Dione Llewellyn, residents of Shaw Park Heights in Ocho Rios.
Her track and field career began at Steer Town Academy in Ocho Rios, however, she would transfer to Vere Technical to complete her high school education. Her sprinting career continued to flourish at her new school and even led to her competing at Vere Technical where the athlete began to shine.
Not only was she a competitor for her school at the ISSA Boys and Girls Champs but she began representing Jamaica on the international stage starting with the CARIFTA Games in 2008.
Who is Shericka Jackson’s Coach?
Shericka Jackson is coached by Paul Francis at the UTECH-based MVP Track club.
What is Shericka Jackson’s fastest time?
- Tokyo Olympics - 100 metres - 10.76 (11th fastest of all-time)
- Jamaican Nationals - 200 metres - 21.55 (3rd fastest of all time)
- “Jacko” who earned her spot on the under 17 team, competed in both the 400 metres and the 4x400 relays in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis earning gold medals for both races. Did I mention she was fourteen at the time?
- In 2009 it was back to the Carifta Games, this time in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia. She competed in not two but four races the 200m, 400 m, 4×100 m and 4×400 m again earning gold medals for her races.
- 2010 in George Town, Cayman Islands and this time a part of the under 18 team, Shericka competed in the same four events which she got first-place yet again for all but one race, the 400m where she came second. (She competed in the World Junior Championships and Junior Olympic Games this same year where she placed fourth in each race at both meets).
- 2011 she moved to the under 20 teams and right at home in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she placed 2nd in the 200 metres and was a part of the winning relay team for the 4x100 metres race. (She competed in the World Junior Championships where she earned two gold medals)
- At the Carifta Games in Hamilton Bermuda, Shericka again competed in the 200 and 4x100 metres for which she received a silver and a bronze medal respectively.
- In 2013 at what would be her final time competing in the Carifta games, Shericka earned second place in her individual 200-metre race and shared first with the Jamaican relay team in the 4x100-metre race.
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships
- 2010 - (U18) Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep. 4×100 m (gold) 4×400 m (gold)
- 2012 - (U20) San Salvador, El Salvador - 200 m (silver) 4×400 m (gold)
In her World Championships debut, in Bejing, China (2015), she earned a bronze medal in her 400 m race with a time of 49.99. In the 4×400 m, she along with the team earned gold.
Though her performance did not earn her medals at the 2017 staging of the event she did make it to the finals. In 2019, she competed in 3 events at the meet for which she earned 2 bronze and one gold.
Shericka at The Olympics
A 22-year-old Shericka went to the Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and to commemorate her trip, she has a bronze medal in the 400 metres and a silver medal in the 4×400 metres relay.
The 2020 Olympics were held in Japan (actually in the year 2021), and Shericka along with the Olympic team performed exceptionally well. Shericka came away with 2 bronze medals, a gold medal and a personal best of 10.76.
She also placed third in a clean sweep for Jamaica in the 100 metres along with star sprinters Shelly-Ann Frazer-Pryce (silver) and Elaine Thompson-Herah (gold).
Jamaican Athletics Championships
- 200 metres: 2018, 2022
- 400 metres: 2017, 2019
- 100 metres: 2022
- 2018: Paris Meeting (200m)
- 2019: London Anniversary Games (400m)
- 2021: Stockholm Bauhaus-Galan (200m)
- World Continental Tour – Gold level
- 2021: Székesfehérvár Memorial (200m)
Her performance at the Jamaican Nationals 2022, where she beat the two current fastest women alive Elaine Thompson Herah and Shelly-Ann Frazer Pryce in the 200m to win the race and earn her spot as a part of the World Championships team, Her personal best, 21.55 is also the fastest time in the world this year and the 3 fastest 200 metre time in history!
So far in Shericka Jackson’s career, she has:
- 1 Olympic Games Gold medal
- 1 Olympic Games Silver medal
- 3 Olympic Games Bronze medal
- 2 World Championships Gold medals
With performances like these under her belt, we can hardly wait to see what this consistently improving performer does next.
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References & Sources For Shericka Jackson
- Shericka JACKSON | Profile | World Athletics,https://worldathletics.org/athletes/jamaica/shericka-jackson-14325599
- Looking for champions at Champs | Sports | Jamaica Gleaner, https://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120329/sports/sports3.html#slideshow-2
- Ten things to know about Shericka Jackson | Loop Jamaica, https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/ten-things-know-about-shericka-jackson
- Coach Francis says sky the limit for sensational Shericka Jackson - Jamaica Observer,https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/coach-francis-says-sky-the-limit-for-sensational-shericka-jackson/
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