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#TokyoGoldRush | 'She will learn from this'

Stephen Francis weighs in on Shericka Jackson's 200m elimination

Published:Monday | August 2, 2021 | 12:24 AMAndre Lowe/Sports Editor -
MVP Track Club coach Stephen Francis (left) and sprinter Shericka Jackson.
MVP Track Club coach Stephen Francis (left) and sprinter Shericka Jackson.

TOKYO, Japan:

Veteran coach Stephen Francis says 100m bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson will learn from her shocking first round exit in the Women’s 200m at the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Monday morning.

Jackson, clearly running within herself, most likely in an effort to conserve energy having contested three rounds in the 100m earlier in the championships, was caught close to the line and finished outside the automatic qualifying spots, finishing fourth in 23.26 seconds.

“Obviously she misread and she paid the price,” Francis told The Gleaner. “I expected her to do better but she didn’t and I can see why, but she will learn.”

Jackson is officially coached by Francis’ brother Paul at the MVP Track Club.

He pointed to her inexperience in the event at this level and said he does not expect the disappointment to affect her performance in her upcoming assignment.

Jackson is a member of the 4x100m relay pool.

“[I will tell her] that she will learn.”

Jackson, who finished second at the National Senior Championships in June, has a personal best of 21.82s in the 200m.

She won silver in the event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and gold at the NACAC Championships in the same year.

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