Shanieka Ricketts upbeat despite third-place finish in Oslo

By June 13, 2019

Shanieka Ricketts was not too disappointed she lost her triple-jump world lead to Caterine Ibarguen at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday. She believes fatigue may have played a part in her not getting a jump better than the mark she produced for third place.

Ricketts’ 14.76m world lead had held since February this year and she came close again after a meet record 14.69m at the Racers Adidas Grand Prix at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday. However, in Oslo on Thursday, 14.41m was the best she could muster which saw her finish behind Kenturah Orji (14.53m) and eventual winner Caterine Ibarguen, who uncorked a 14.79m, a new world lead.

“I did not have my best performance today. I was hoping to get a better distance. However, I was happy that I was able to finish in the top three,” she said. “My last phase was a bit shabby, more precisely my extension to the pit was not executed well.”

She figures that the long trip from Jamaica to Oslo may have played a part in preventing her from being even better.

“We left for Oslo the day after competing at the Racers Grand Prix, which means I could be fatigued from competing and travelling,” she said. “So to compete in Oslo and achieve 14.41m shows great consistency in my performance this year as 14.41m is far beyond the qualification standard for the World Championships.”

She is not too perturbed about losing the world lead because she knows if all goes according to plan she will become the world leader again, and with it, a gold medal.

“I knew that the world lead would be under threat coming into the competition, so I was not disappointed,” she said.

Coach Kerrylee Ricketts and I hope to keep working towards peaking at the right time and hopefully getting another world-leading and personal-best mark later on in the season.”

Ricketts was one of only two Caribbean athletes to have podium finishes in Oslo.

Her compatriot Kimberly Wiliams was fourth in the triple jump with her best effort of 14.36m.

However, Kyron McMaster was third in the 400m hurdles in a relatively pedestrian 49.12s.  Thomas Barr (49.11) beat him to second place by the smallest of margins. However, Karsten Warholm blew both of them away in winning in a personal best 47.33s, a meet and area record.

Meanwhile, Danniel Thomas-Dodd finished fourth in the women’s shot put with 18.67m. World leader Lijiao Gong (19.51m) on the event with 19.51m. Ealey Chase of the USA was second with 19.20m while Fanny Roos was third with 18.75m.

 

 

 

 

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