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Diamond League wins for Jackson, Levy, Dacres

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming

Shericka Jackson is inching closer to that 21-seconds mark. She told The Sunday Gleaner a few weeks back that she is gunning for this season. Yesterday, she ran a personal best 22.05 seconds to win the 200 metres at the Paris Diamond League.

Jackson, who primarily runs the 400m, opted to concentrate on the half-lap event this year to improve her speed, but her rapid improvement in the shorter event has left her in two minds.

"I fell in love with the 400m. The 200m is also pretty good, so let's see. I have to consider which will be my main event next season," Jackson explained after race.

"Coming to this event, I had the feeling we can expect a lot and that anything can happen. All the girls were very strong and I am curious what comes next. I am happy for the PB and the win."

Jenni Prandini of the USA finished second in 22.30, while Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was third in 22.50.

Her MVP teammate, Ronald Levy, continues on his quest to become the third Jamaican athletes to run under 13 seconds in the 110m hurdles with another good showing in Paris.

Levy won the race in 13.18 ahead of his compatriot Hansle Parchment, who equalled his fastest time for the season with 13.22.




Levy, who announced to the world that he was one to watch in the event at last year's staging of the meet when he won in 13.05, was happy to register another win in the city of love.

"It is great to come back to Paris and win again. I thought I was going to improve my personal best tonight but I had a poor start, did not execute well so it was not close to my ideal race," Levy explained after the race. "But still it was enough to win, so I am happy. My personal best is the main target for me this season, and I think I am not far from it."

Levy's personal best of 13.05 seconds ranks him third on the all-time list of Jamaicans in the event.

Fedrick Dacres also continues his impressive season, winning the men's discus throw with 67.01 metres.

"The competition was not as I was expecting. I thought that all the guys would have pushed each other a little bit more. We have had a lot of big meets and I think we are getting tired, and that affected the results," Dacres said.

But while Dacres, Levy and Jackson enjoyed victories, Yohan Blake continues to struggle in the 100m this season, finishing fifth in the event with 10.03 seconds. The race was won by American Ronnie Baker, who registered a personal-best time of 9.88. The time also equals the fastest time in the world this season.