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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?
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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?
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.
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).
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:
With performances like these under her belt, we can hardly wait to see what this consistently improving performer does next.
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