Shericka Jackson working on 'finer things' as attack on Flo-Jo's world record looms

Shericka Jackson working on 'finer things' as attack on Flo-Jo's world record looms

Abigael Wafula 10:28 - 30.05.2024

Shericka Jackson is working on the nitty-gritty as she gears up to obliterate the late Flo-Jo's 200m world record.

Two-time world 200m champion Shericka Jackson still has her eyes fixed on the 200m world record as preparations ramp up on her to break it soon.

The Jamaican sprint queen, during an interview at the pre-race press conference in Oslo, explained that she is working together with her coach on polishing the nitty gritty and ensuring she is ready for the challenge.

She is currently the fastest woman alive in the 200m race, with the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, being the world record holder over the distance.

Jackson became the second-fastest woman over the distance following her dominant run at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she cut the tape in 21.41 to win the final of the 200m. Flo-Jo’s world record stands at 21.34, a time she ran to win the 200m in the final of the Seoul 1988 Olympics.

“Being among world record holders is a good feeling. Coach and I have been working on that and last year, we did so many things," the world silver medallist said.

“We did an attempt, I think in Brussels or Zurich and it went pretty well. This year we are working on the fine details and definitely hope for the best at the end of the season,” the world silver medallist said.

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She returns to Oslo for the second time and has ambitious plans to continue reigning and dominating since her 200m season opener at the Diamond League Meeting in Rabat, Morocco.

Speaking about the Olympic Games, the 29-year-old explained that she has plans to win her first ever individual gold medal.

“It’s my second time here and it feels good to be back, I’m enjoying this type of weather…it’s kind of chilly but it’s okay. I’m yet to have an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games, so that’s one of my goals this year, to work hard and definitely hope to achieve that at the end of August,” she said.