Shericka Jackson prepares for Olympic glory amidst season challenges


Jamaican 100 and 200-meter nationwide champion Shericka Jackson is aiming to duplicate her success on the worldwide stage when she competes in Paris this August.

Jackson isn’t solely making ready to assert her first Olympic gold but additionally hopes to maintain the dash double title in Jamaican arms.

Regardless of coming into the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation (JAAA)/PUMA Nationwide Junior and Senior Championships with solely a handful of races below her belt, Jackson emerged victorious. Her confidence stems from her belief in her coach and a well-designed preparation course of to make sure she peaks on the proper time for the Olympics.

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“It was a late begin to the season, you understand, however nonetheless, coach and I had sat down and had a dialog about how I needed to strategy the season, and I believe we did fairly good,” Jackson said. “I’ve solely run one 100m this season, and my 200m wasn’t the perfect, however as I stated, it’s a piece in progress, and also you simply should belief the method.”

Fewer appearances on the observe

Harm considerations shadowed a lot of Jackson’s season, resulting in fewer appearances on the observe. Nevertheless, she clarified that there was by no means an actual hazard of lacking the Paris Video games. Final 12 months’s intense schedule, together with a number of rounds of competitors on the 2023 World Athletics Championships, left her fatigued. This 12 months, her focus has been on higher race administration to keep up her well being and preparedness.

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“Truthfully, there was a little bit niggle right here and there, however it wasn’t something severe. Final 12 months, I ran rather a lot, and by the top of the season, I used to be much more drained than standard, particularly after the World Championships. I simply stated, ‘Coach, make the principles and I’ll comply with,’ and that’s what we did.”

The Paris Video games are notably vital for Jackson as she seeks her first particular person Olympic gold medal. Her greatest Olympic finishes to this point are a bronze within the ladies’s 100m on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and a bronze within the ladies’s 400 metres on the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I don’t have an Olympic gold medal, in order that’s one thing I’m undoubtedly wanting ahead to,” she expressed. “One of many biggest issues is you believing in your self, and I consider in myself. Sure, part of the season I misplaced a little bit of hope, however as I stated, I trusted my coach, and I’m right here now.”

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