Shericka Jackson 'not so worried' despite delayed season opener

Shericka Jackson 'not so worried' despite delayed season opener

Abigael Wafula 12:33 - 04.05.2024

Two-time World 200m champion Shericka Jackson is still confident of enjoying this Olympic season despite pulling out of four meets where she intended to open her season, the recent one being the Diamond League Meeting in Suzhou.

Two-time World 200m champion Shericka Jackson is not worried about this Olympic season despite her delayed season opener.

Jackson has withdrawn from four meets at the moment, something that has raised the eyebrows of fans since it is unlike her. Meanwhile, her track rival, American Sha’Carri Richardson has already opened her season, competing in the 200m in two Diamond League Meetings.

The reigning World 100m champion opened her season with a second-place finish in Xiamen then later finished third at the Meeting in Shanghai/Suzhou.

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After withdrawing from three meetings, the JAAA Puma Fuller Anderson Development Meet, the Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet, and the Miramar Invitational, Jackson intended to open her season at the Diamond League Meeting in Suzhou but also pulled out of the event.

However, she remains unbothered concerning that and she is sure of having a great season ahead, noting that training is going on well.

“I’m definitely feeling good, super happy, and I’m grounded, so I’m definitely good. I’m a bit more comfortable because now I know that I will be running the 100m and 200m at the Jamaican trials, unlike previous seasons. I’m feeling a lot more not so worried

Speaking of the world record, Jackson noted that it is not something that’s on their minds fully but when the time is ideal, she will go for it.

Her Personal Best time over the distance currently stands at 21.41 and the world record time was set by Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States, who ran 21.34 seconds at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

“I’m pretty close to the world record and a good climate would have gotten me there last year in Budapest, but as I said, we are close and it’s not something that coach and I will get on our minds all the time and focus on in every race.

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“Missing it is not the end of the world and right now, we are just focusing on the tiny bits of my training. It will mean a lot for me to break the record but it’s one step at a time,” Jackson added.