Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts, who fulfilled the promise of an excellent season by mining silver at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics points out that her rise to the podium was a long time in coming and therefore satisfying.

“I am very pleased, this is my third World Championships and the first time I am standing on a podium so I am pleased,” she told Trackalerts TV in an interview after her historic feat.

Ricketts became the first Jamaican woman to mine a silver medal at in the triple jump at the World Championships after a leap of 14.92 metres put her second to Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, whose 15.37 could not be challenged.

The Jamaican also finished ahead of a legend of the triple jump in Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen, 14.73, and the personal best of her fourth-placed teammate, the veteran Kimberly Williams, 14.64.

“There’ve been so many disappointments in years gone by and to finally deliver on the world stage makes me very happy,” said Ricketts.

Despite the long time in coming, Ricketts is not resting on her laurels and believes there is more she can do still.

“In some of the jumps I was having a little trouble with my third phase,” she said, thinking back to what she could have done better and what she needs to improve going forward.

“Despite that, there is not much really to complain about tonight,” she said.

Ricketts is also very aware that she has not achieved her lofty heights alone and that her successes have everything to do with those who have supported her.

“I have an amazing team. It’s been my husband [Kerry Lee Ricketts], Mr Peart, Brad yap, My chiropractor, they’ve all done a fantastic job of making sure I peak at the right times and that showed in my performances this year,” she said.

Ricketts produced a high-level series during her silver-medal run.

She had distances of 14.81, 14.76, 14.92, 14.72, 14.82, and a no jump and explained what led to the consistency in the distances and even the no jump after sher silver medal had already been sewn up.

“I wanted to give it my all. I was still trying to jump 15 metres,” she said.

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts earned a silver medal in the triple jump at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.

Ricketts put together, probably the best series of her career, with the 14.92 she would end with marking just one of five jumps that would have brought her silver.

She would lose to the brilliant Venezuelan, Yulimar Rojas, whose 15.37 was one of two marks over 15 metres, while veteran and serial World Champion, Colmbia’s Caterine Ibarguen, finished with a bronze medal even after a sub-par season, reaching out to 14.73 with her fifth attempt to get the better of another Jamaica, longtime competitor Kimberly Williams, whose personal best 14.64 saw her end fourth.

Ricketts started with 14.81 metres, which without another attempt would have given her a silver medal but proved she belonged in the rarified air by returning to jump 14.76 before her big 14.92 effort. Even after getting near the 15-metre mark, Ricketts did not rest on her laurels and kept the pressure high by jumping out to 14.72 and 14.85 before she could relax, with Ibarguen having completed her jumps to assure herself of a bronze medal.

Williams 14.64 came in her first attempt and for most of the final, looked good enough to secure an unprecedented silver-bronze combo for Jamaica.

Ibarguen’s best until her penultimate jump had been 14.46 metres and Williams, who has now been fourth at World Championships on four occasions, looked set to break the jinx.

It was not to be.

Ricketts silver medal brings to nine the number of total medals Jamaica has won at the end of the penultimate day of the Championships. The country now has three gold, four silver, and two bronze medals.

When it comes to the triple jump there were two women who stood head and shoulders over everybody, now there are three.

Shanieka Ricketts has emerged this season as a serious medal contender in the triple jump and should be one of the three to take home silverware from Doha in Qatar.

This season, Ricketts has taken her personal best from 14.61 metres to 14.93 metres when she won the Diamond League trophy last month.

But more than just having those one-off leaps, Ricketts has maintained a level of consistency she hasn’t in seasons past, landing in the sand at more than 14.5 metres with some regularity.

That movement means Ricketts can challenge the relative dominance of Yulimar Rojas and the potential comeback of Caterine Ibarguen.

In truth, Rojas stands on her own if she’s really feeling it.

Only one woman, world record-holder Inessa Kravets, has ever triple jumped farther. Considering the company the 23-year-old Venezuelan is now keeping on the world all-time list, she'll be difficult to stop as she seeks to successfully defend her title and join Caterine Ibarguen, Yargelis Savigne and Tatyana Lebedeva as a two-time (and back-to-back) world champion.

Rojas has won six of her eight outdoor competitions this year, sailing beyond 15 metres in half of them. Her most impressive performance came in her most recent outing when she bound to 15.41m in Andujar, Spain, on 6 September, the second farthest leap of all time. She went beyond 15 metres twice in that competition, shaking out the rust out with a 15.03m effort in the second round.

Rojas has struggled with her consistency in the past, but has improved on that front as well this season, adding to the difficulty her competitors can expect in Doha.

She has lost twice this season, once to Ibarguen, whom she succeeded as world champion in London two years ago, and to Jamaican champion Shanieka Ricketts at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich. Both have the capabilities to throw serious challenges at the Venezuelan.

Ibarguen, the 2018 World Athlete of the Year, has competed sparingly, choosing to divide her attentions between the long and triple jumps, competing four times in each. She reached 14.79m in Oslo and a season's best of 14.89m in Lausanne to secure a pair of Diamond League circuit victories, but she hasn't contested the triple jump since 11 July when she finished a distant sixth in the port-side competition in Monaco, reaching just 14.33m. But considering her war chest of medals, we can expect she'll arrive in Doha ready.

After the season's big three, others will have to spring a fairly big surprise to figure in the medal hunt.

Leading that charge is rising Cuban star Liadagmis Povea who improved her lifetime best to 14.77m to finish third in Lausanne. She also finished second in Monaco with 14.71m and third at the Pan-American Games and the Diamond League final.

US champion Keturah Orji improved her career best to 14.72m to finish third in Paris but more recently was a distant fourth in Zurich.

Spain's world indoor bronze medallist Ana Peleteiro leads the European charge. But the 23-year-old will need to do considerably better than her 14.59m season's best to challenge for the podium. Likewise for Jamaican Kimberly Williams, the world indoor silver medallist and finalist at this championships in 2013, 2015 and 2017, who has reached 14.56m this season.

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.

Shanieka Ricketts produced a 14.67m performance for third on the first day of the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Thursday.

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