Jackson hopes to dip below 22-second barrier

June 13, 2018
Shaunae Miller-Uibo (centre) of the Bahamas wins the women's 200 metres from Jamaica's Shericka Jackson (right). Miller-Uibo clocked 22.11 seconds and Jackson, 22.62.

Shericka Jackson, the 2016 Olympics bronze medallist in the 400m, is hoping to break the 22 seconds barrier before the end of the season, she told STAR Sports after her second-place finish in the event at the JN Racers Grand Prix on Saturday at the National Stadium.

"Well, it would be really good if I get into that 21 barrier, so I'm just working hard to see how fast I can get by the end of this season," Jackson said.

Jackson has opted to run more 200 metres this season in hopes of increasing her speed for the 400m.

She clocked 22.62 seconds behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the 2016 Olympic 400m champion, who stopped the clock at 22.11 seconds on the night.

But the MVP athlete was pleased with her performance.

"I just came out here to execute as best as possible, and I think I did about 80 per cent good, but it's just all in the process and I enjoyed this evening run and I'm injury free, so I'm happy," Jackson told STAR Sports.

She said that right now she is mainly depending on strength-endurance in her races rather than speed, but hopes the extra-speed work will change this by the end of the season.

"I believe I'm running based on strength but, by the end of the season I'll get there, so I'm just enjoying every day," Jackson said.

The former Vere Technical High School standout was unsure of whether her next performance will be at the National Trials or an upcoming All Comers meet.

- Bradley Jacks

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