Shericka Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Elaine Thompson-Herah will lineup in the women’s 200m semifinal on Day 3 of the 2023 Jamaica Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium on Saturday (8). The championships will be streamed live on 1Spotmedia.com. Check out how to watch and listen to the entire national trials here.
Shericka Jackson Goes For A Sprint Double
Shericka Jackson, the reigning world champion and the second-fastest woman of all time in the 200m, is one of the top contenders starting in this event and could target something fast in the final. The 28-year-old, who won the 100m title with a world-leading and personal best time of 10.65 seconds on Friday (7), will be looking to retain her national sprint double come Sunday night.
Jackson, who is the second-fastest in the world this season with 21.98secs, will start in the first semifinal and will face the likes of Ashanti Moore, Natalliah Whyte, Tia Clayton, and Shashalee Forbes, who was second in the 100m.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce To Open Season In 200m
Meanwhile, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the world championships silver medalist in this event, will be making her season debut, and she opted to run the 200m instead of her favored event, the 100m, where she’s already qualified, having won the title last summer in Oregon.
Fraser-Pryce’s first appearance in 2023 was delayed due to a knee problem, but fans are eagerly awaiting her return to the track. She seemed well upbeat, and so all eyes will be on the clock to see what time she will lay down in her opener.
Fraser-Pryce will start from semifinal two against Jonielle Smith, Lanae-Tava Thomas, Natasha Morrison, and Tina Clayton.
Worrying Times For Elaine Thompson-Herah
In the meantime, after a disappointing end in the 100m, Elaine Thompson-Herah, the two-time Olympic champion, will hope for a better result in the 200m.
Despite her impressive credentials, Thompson-Herah has struggled to maintain her form since changing her coaching setup a few seasons ago. She recently finished fifth in the 100m, failing to make the team.
Thompson-Herah will feature in the third semis and will come up against a strong field that also includes collegiate start Kevona Davis, junior standout Alana Reid, and seasoned performer Remona Burchell.
The women’s 200m semifinals are scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The current world record for the women’s 200m is 21.34 seconds, set by Florence Griffith-Joyner of the USA in 1988, while the Jamaica national record of 21.45 seconds, is held by Shericka Jackson, who achieved this mark on her way to winning the world title in 2022.
The athletes will also be aiming to achieve the World Athletics Championships qualifying time of 22.60 seconds, if they haven’t already attained that mark.
2023 Jamaica Track and Field Championships
Women 20+ 200 Meter Dash SENIOR – Start List
Heat 1 – Prelims
- Krystal Sloley (MVP)
- Ashanti Moore (Adidas)
- Shericka Jackson (MVP)
- Natalliah Whyte (Puma)
- Tia Clayton (MVP)
- Kasheika Cameron (MVP)
- Shashalee Forbes (Sprintec Track Club)
Heat 2 – Prelims
- Jonielle Smith (MVP)
- Yanique Dayle (The Ohio State)
- Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce (Elite Performance)
- Lanae-Tava Thomas (University of Texas)
- Natasha Morrison (MVP)
- Tina Clayton (MVP)
- Tatyana McKenzie (Unattached)
Heat 3 – Prelims
- Shockoria Wallace (MVP)
- Grizell Scarlett (MVP)
- Niesha Burgher (UTEP)
- Elaine Thompson-Herah (New Era track)
- Kevona Davis (University of Texas)
- Alana Reid (NIKE)
- Remona Burchell (Sprintec Track Club)
- Jodean Williams (Racers Track)