EUGENE, Oregon — Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson has obliterated the women’s 200 metres championship record at the Oregon World Championships.
Jackson, who advanced to the final with the fastest qualifying time of 21.66 seconds, bolted to a massive personal best and championship record and new national record of 21.45 seconds to become the fastest woman alive in the event. She has now joined the world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States as the only female athletes to run a sub-21.5 clocking in the 200 metres.
Meanwhile, her compatriot and five-time 100 metres world champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, stormed to a season’s best of 21.81 seconds to claim the silver medal in the event. This is Fraser-Pryce’s second world championship medal in the 200 metres after winning gold at the 2013 Moscow World Championships.
However, Elaine Thompson-Herah, who won the sprint double at the Tokyo Olympics last year, had to settle for seventh place in a time of 22.05 seconds. Thompson-Herah was seeking her first world championship gold medal in the event.