Nothing to worry about - Jackson
Shericka Jackson has been the country's top female quarter miler for the past two years after winning bronze in the one-lap event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships and the Rio Olympic Games last year.
Normally a slow starter to her build-up to a major Championships, Jackson, a strong finisher in her races, spent the early season working on her speed, running mostly 200m to prepare for a complete race when the big moment comes. At the recent JAAA Senior Athletics Championships, the former Vere Technical standout won her first National title after blowing away the field in the first 200m, which gave her enough momentum to hold off her rivals in the end, and won a close race in a season-best 50.05 seconds.
Competing in her first overseas assignment this season in an individual event, it was interesting to see if she would have bettered that National Championships performance in the French capital at the Paris leg of the IAAF Diamond League. Unlike the previous week in Kingston, she did not go out at that rapid early pace, as running out of lane five, she was passed early by countrywoman Novlene Williams-Mills, who ran out of lane four.
NO NEED TO PANIC
After finishing third in an average time of 51.91 seconds, Jackson said that there is no need to panic. "With this being my first race after the National Championships, I wanted to run a good race and I think I did fairly well compared to previous years as it was my first time on the circuit," she said. Jackson did not show her usual fighting qualities over the final 100m, as she slipped to third after being in second spot close to home. However, she said that there is no need to panic. "There is nothing to worry about, as I went out today (Saturday) to have some fun, as my main focus is the World Championships in London. I will just go back to training and see what plans my coach has for me for the remainder of the season," she said.
Jackson could be right, as she normally peaks when it matters most, and despite her performance on Saturday, her season's best at the National Championships the previous week has been her best at that time of the season and could be on track to better her personal best of 49.85 seconds, set last year in Rio, as she definitely has to do so if she wants to be among the medals.