This bronze is for you
Jackson hails her daddy after placing third in Rio 400m
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
Shericka Jackson won bronze in the women's 400 metres inside the Olympic Stadium last night but as far as she is concerned, the medal belongs to her father as much as it belongs to her.
Jackson, clocked a strong 49.85 seconds to finish behind Bahamian Shaunae Miller 49.44 (personal best) and American Allyson Felix, 49.51, to follow up last year's third-place finish at the World Championships in Beijing, China.
But as she wrapped herself in the Jamaican flag and celebrated her second major podium spot, Jackson also shared a special message with her father Desmond, who will spend a part of his birthday watching her collect her medal today.
"It means a lot to me, tomorrow (today) is my father's birthday and I am getting a medal on my father's birthday so I have to give God thanks that I was able to come out here and do this," she told STAR Sports.
Jackson, who earlier ran a personal best 49.83 seconds in the semi-finals a day earlier, said she was not pleased with the execution of the race after finding herself in fourth position coming into the final stretch.
"The plan was to get out like yesterday (Sunday), but I lost it a bit and I tried to pick up my last 200m. I got a bronze medal so I have to be grateful for that though," Jackson said. "I am feeling good, at the age of 22, I am an Olympic medallist so I can't complain."