Jackson stays focused amid fast time predictions
After leaving spectators buzzing with a 51.06 second run at the JAAA All-Comers Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday, Shericka Jackson, is not getting carried away.
The Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist, made a bright start to her 2017 400 metre campaign burst away from the field quickly and maintained well enough to record the fastest season opening 400 metre time of her career.
It was virtually a solo run as Junelle Bromfield, the World Under 20 bronze medallist, trailed in 52.63 seconds. Jackson covered the first 300 metres in 36.5 seconds.
"My plan was just to get out and see how well my body could respond to getting out that hard", she revealed after the run, "so I did that and I'm pleased with the performance," she told STAR Sports.
However she is also not getting caught up with predictions of fast times this season.
"You can't rush the time because you can have a time in the back of your mind and then you get disappointed at the end of the season. For me it's just to take one race at a time and see where I go from there," she said.
Usually, Jackson runs the first part of the 400 conservatively but she said it was her first time trying to go out this hard.
"And it's the fastest season opener so I'm really happy with it," she added.
The only Jamaican with a faster time this year is Chris-Ann Gordon who has run 50.64 seconds.
Jackson, who lowered her personal bests to 49.83 seconds at the Olympics, has raised her speed levels with times of 11.24 and 22.57 seconds in the 100 and 200 metres this season.
Despite all that, she refused to get carried away with predictions of super fast times.
"I just have to work hard and keep my focus and hope for the best coming August."