Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson looked a cut above the rest as she coasted to a big personal best to claim the women’s 400m title at the Jamaica National Championships on Sunday.
The 24-year-old crossed the line in 49.78, her best time in the event since she clocked 49.83 at the Rio Olympics. Jackson finished well clear of second place Anastasia Le-Roy who caught and passed Stephenie-Ann McPherson on the line to take second place in 50.94. McPherson was just behind in 51.01.
Jackson seemed to stay well within herself for the first 200m before beginning to blast away from the field at the midway point. A struggling McPherson who tried to keep pace with Jackson faded toward the end and was caught on the line by Le-Roy.
“My main aim today was to have a little fun and get the best execution possible. I think I did that and I got a personal best so I am happy,” Jackson said following the event.
“I was a bit surprised because at the Rome Diamond League I got a little cramped up so I was a little worried. So I was really trying to keep calm and I delivered big so I am really happy,” she added.
In the men’s equivalent, Demish Gaye was also in full control as he clocked 44.83 to finish ahead of Terry Thomas, who was second in 45.47 and Javon Francis who was third in 45.60.