Jamaica’s female sprinters lived up to the billing of favourites in the 4x100 relay at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar on Saturday despite missing double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson among their ranks.

Jamaica quarter-miler Shericka Jackson recorded a big personal best to claim a bronze medal in a blistering women’s 400m final on Thursday.

All the headlines on the day went to Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser who clocked the fastest time in 36 years to claim gold medal in the event.  Second went to pre-race favourite Shaunae Miller, who also clocked a personal-best 48.37.

With the front two well clear of the field, Jackson produced a trademark late-race surge before holding to finish third in 49.47, managing to safely repel finish line lunges from the United States duo of Waldine Jonathas and Phyllis Francis.  Jackson's time comfortably beat her previous personal best of 49.78 set early this year at the Jamaica National Championships.

The time, however, remains some distance off the national record of 49.30 set by Lorraine Fenton in 1992.  The Bahamian Miller-Uibo also set a new personal best, national record and area record.  Stephenie-Ann Mcpherson, the other Jamaican in the race, finished sixth in 50.89.

There was no drama in the women’s 400-metre heats at the IAAF as favourite, the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo, trotted through the first round of heats to make the semi-final, while Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson did just enough.

Sada Williams of Barbados, running in the first heat of the 400s this morning was second in a pedantic 52.14 seconds but was certain of qualification with the first three through as automatic qualifiers.

The United States’ Phyllis Francis won the heat in 50.77 seconds, while the Czech Republic’s Lada Vondrová was the third qualifier in 52.23 seconds.

The United States kept winning heats on Monday, as Wadeline Jonathas, 50.57, won heat 2 ahead of Jackson, 51.13.

Jackson never seemed to push herself very much but did enough to pull a personal best 51.21 from Australia’s Bendere Oboyo.

Sakima Wimbley was another winner for the United States but had to file an appeal to escape a disqualification that, on the face of it, looked pretty harsh.

McPherson clocked 51.21 seconds to finish behind the personal best of Botswana’s Galafele Moroko, 50.59. Guyana’s Aliyah Abrams with 51.73 qualified from a non-automatic spot, finishing fourth in the heat behind Nigeria’s Favour Ofili.

Miller-Uibo has not finished behind anybody this year and she seems keen on keeping things that way, but she still didn’t extend herself very far in stopping clock at 51.30 seconds, to better France’s Déborah Sananes and Kenya’s Mary Moraa.

Miller-Uibo’s major challenge is expected to come from Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser, who won heat six on Monday and hardly looked bothered either.

Naser strolled to 50.74 seconds, slower than Miller-Uibo but also well ahead of the field headed by Poland’s Justyna Święty-Ersetic, 51.34, and mexico’s paola morán, 51.58.

Jamaica quarter-miler Shericka Jackson put on a superb display to claim top spot in the women’s 400m at the 2019 Pan American Games on Thursday.

Jackson, who has been in superb form all season, clocked an easy looking 50.73, well clear of second-place Paola Moran of Mexico who captured silver with 51.02.  Third place went to the USA’s Courtney Okolo who stopped the clock in 51.22.

Two other Caribbean athletes in the race, Amelia Williams of Barbados and Aliyah Abrams of Guyana were 6th and 7th respectively.  Charging out of lane 5 and 6 Jackson and Okolo were quickly up on the rest of the field but it was the Jamaica who powered past at 150m before pulling away for a comfortable win down the stretch.

“It was an honour to win here tonight.  It’s the Independence weekend so this is a gift for Jamaica,” Jackson said following the race.

“I just wanted to execute the perfect race and I think my first 200 was good enough, so there and then I decided I wanted my final 200 to be perfect as well, so I ran the final 180 as quickly as I could,” she added.

Jackson also dedicated the win to the late Constantine Haughton who encourage the athlete to compete in the 400m.

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule won Jamaica’s second gold medal of the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru on Wednesday.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson has continued to show good speed from all her 200 metre work last year, as she cruised to a Diamond League win over 400-metres in London on Saturday.

Jackson clocked 50.69 seconds as she stepped past countrywoman Stephenie-Ann McPherson, who ran a season’s best, 50.74.

Great Britain’s Laviai Nielson was third in a lifetime best 50.83.

Another Jamaican, Anastasia Le-Roy was also in the race, finishing fourth in 51.46.

Cruising through the first 200 metres, Jackson looked like she may have saved her work for too late, but showed immense speed and strength to overhaul the fading McPherson just before the tape, the result looking far more easy to come by after the fact.

Rounding out the field at the London Diamond League were Poland’s Justyna Swiety-Ersetic, 51.58, Great Britain’s Emily Diamond, 51.69, Slovakia’s Anita Horvat, 51.83, and France’s Amandine Brossiere, 52.03.

Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson looked a cut above the rest as she coasted to a big personal best to claim the women’s 400m title at the Jamaica National Championships on Sunday.

The 24-year-old crossed the line in 49.78, her best time in the event since she clocked 49.83 at the Rio Olympics.  Jackson finished well clear of second place Anastasia Le-Roy who caught and passed Stephenie-Ann McPherson on the line to take second place in 50.94.  McPherson was just behind in 51.01.

Jackson seemed to stay well within herself for the first 200m before beginning to blast away from the field at the midway point.  A struggling McPherson who tried to keep pace with Jackson faded toward the end and was caught on the line by Le-Roy.

“My main aim today was to have a little fun and get the best execution possible.  I think I did that and I got a personal best so I am happy,” Jackson said following the event.

“I was a bit surprised because at the Rome Diamond League I got a little cramped up so I was a little worried.  So I was really trying to keep calm and I delivered big so I am really happy,” she added.  

 In the men’s equivalent, Demish Gaye was also in full control as he clocked 44.83 to finish ahead of Terry Thomas, who was second in 45.47 and Javon Francis who was third in 45.60.

Christine Day was the fastest woman in qualifying for Saturday’s semi-finals of the 400 metres at the Supreme Ventures/JAAA National Championships on at the National Stadium in Kingston on Friday.

Elaine Thompson, the 2016 double Olympic champion said she is encouraged by the shape she is now, following her world-leading run against a strong 100m field at the Rome Diamond League meeting on Thursday.

A late surge to claim women’s 4x100m goal, from Jamaica anchor leg runner Jonielle Smith, was one of very few highlights on an otherwise disappointing second day of the IAAF World Relays, in Yokohama on Sunday.

Faced with a slight deficit on the final leg, Smith doggedly chased American Alecia Hobbs to the line but the quartet came up just short of the gold medal.  Hobbs finished the race for the four US athletes in a time of 43.27, with Smith just behind in 43.29.  The Germans quartet were third in 43.68.

Gayon Evans started things off for the Jamaicans, before handing off to Natasha Morrison with Sashalee Forbes running the third leg.  The US were led off by Mikiah Brisco, who handed off to Ashley Henderson and then Dezerea Bryant.

In the men’s equivalent, a Jamaica men’s team were never really in contention and the quartet of Nesta Carter, Julian Forte, Rasheed Dwyer and Nigel Ellis finished a distant sixth place.

Earlier, a star-studded Jamaica 4x200m women’s relay team started heavy favourites in that event but only managed third place after the disqualification of the United States.  Olympic champion Elaine Thompson got the Jamaicans off to a good start but the team was immediately put on the back foot with a botched change to Stephenie-Ann Mcpherson.  Decorated sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce again put the team in contention but again lost the advantage after a poor change over with Shericka Jackson.  The team crossed the line fourth in 1:33.21 but were eventually upgraded after the USA’s disqualification.  France crossed the line first in 1:32.16 with China second in 1:32.21.

 

 

 

Jamaica’s team of Shericka Jackson, Janieve Russell, Christine day and Stephenie McPherson only had their compatriots for company as they easily claimed 4x400 women’s honours at the 125th staging of the Penn Relays at the Franklin Field Stadium. 

Some of Jamaica’s top athletes will get valuable relay practice for the upcoming IAAF World Relays when they suit up for the annual Penn Relays at the Franklin Field in Philadelphia from April 24-27.

Track and field athlete Hansle Parchment and Shericka Jackson, as well as netballer Shamera Sterling, have been added to the list of nominees for the RJR Sports Foundation 2018 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo will start as the favourite in her second event, putting her unbeaten 2018 season record on the line. 

When it came to the crunch, halfway down the home straight at the Alexander Stadium, Shaunae Miller-Uibo had too much class for her rivals in the stacked-high women’s 200m in the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday (18), the last stop on the IAAF Diamond League circuit before finals nights in Zurich and Brussels. 

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