Jackson-Richardson round III
Jamaicans end busy two weeks with London Diamond League
FOR THE third time this season, world 200m champion Shericka Jackson and United States 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson will lock horns in a potential world championship 100m final preview at the Diamond League meet in London today.
Jackson headlines a list of Jamaicans competing in the final Diamond League meet before the World Championships in Budapest in four weeks. The women’s 100m, slated for 9:40 a.m. has a quality field that will also include former world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith, who like Jackson competed two days ago in Monaco, as did Jackson’s MVP track club teammate, Anthonique Strachan.
Jackson’s 100m race will be the conclusion of a tough seven days in which she competed in the 100m at the Diamond League in Poland, the 200m in Hungary on Tuesday and the 200m at the Diamond League in Monaco on Friday. Richardson has bested Jackson in their two previous meetings this season, the most recent being in Poland when she clocked 10.76 for victory ahead of Jackson’s 10.78.
After her 200m win on Friday in Monaco, Jackson said her main focus was on the World Championships and being in the best shape possible before then.
“I have had three competitions in a week, so it is a bit hard for me,” Jackson said.
“I have one more coming up, so I am glad I finished this one healthy. This season I’m focusing on myself and I just stay in my lane.”
Richardson’s will hope to bounce back after being bested by Julien Alfred in the 100m on Tuesday in Hungary.
In another potential World Championship final preview, world 110m hurdles champion Grant Holloway will battle Olympic champion, Hansle Parchment, for the second time this season at 8:40 a.m.
Their first meeting two months ago in Morocco included Commonwealth Games champion Rasheed Broadbell, who won in 13.08 with Holloway in second in 13.12 and Parchment third in 13.24. Parchment was second in the Gyulai Istvan Memorial on Tuesday in Hungary.
Commonwealth Games champion Janieve Russell and 2019 World Championship bronze medallist Rushell Clayton will line up in the women’s 400m hurdles at 8:04 a.m. and will be among a field that includes World Championship silver medallist and the fastest woman in the world this year, Femke Bol.
Many times national 800m champion Natoya Goule Toppin will contest the women’s 800m at 9:51 a.m. Goule Toppin will be up against world and Olympic silver medallist and the fastest woman in the world this year, Keeley Hodgkinson.