Pan Am performance shows Shanieka Ricketts not far away from 15m

By August 12, 2019

Kerrylee Ricketts coach of 2019 Pan Am Games silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts, said he was pleased with her performance and feels that a 15-metre jump is not that far away.

However, he believes there is still a lot of work left to be done in the seven weeks remaining before the IAAF World Championships in Doha at the end of September.

The 2019 Jamaican champion, who was ninth at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Canada, produced four jumps of 14.70m, culminating in a personal and season-best 14.77m.

“That was great. It was our best series so far,” the coach said. “We are right on par with where we want to be going into Worlds. Worlds is what we are really targeting and we are using all these meets as development, testers for how things will be.

“I am satisfied with the performance. A silver here is good. It’s actually great when you consider that the top-five jumpers in the world are from the Pan Am region, this was like a World Championships.”

Yulimar Rojas won the competition with a world-leading 15.11m while Ricketts’ 14.77 is tied for the third-best in the world this year.

After spending a good portion of the pre-season focusing on the middle phase of Shaneika’s jump, the focus has now shifted to the final phase of the jump. In Peru, Ricketts said, that was the phase that prevented her from jumping farther than she did.

“Her first in the series, which was a foul was a massive jump, way beyond 15m. The execution on that one was perfect, to be honest. Her first legal jump, 14.76m her feet were way beyond 15m as well as her last jump, we just need to work on the landing. She needs to pull in all of her body within the first impression that her feet would have made in the sand,” he said.

“That is something that we are seeing improvement in. We will just keep on working until we can get that and some other smaller issues. There is still a lot of work to be done.”

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