Good day for Shericka, Danniel

October 04, 2019
Danniel Thomas-Dodd celebrates second place after her final throw in the women’s shot put finals at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar yesterday.
Danniel Thomas-Dodd celebrates second place after her final throw in the women’s shot put finals at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar yesterday.
Bronze medalist Shericka Jackson (left) of Jamaica  embraces  the new women’s 400m World champion Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain after the final of the event in Doha, Qatar yesterday.
Bronze medalist Shericka Jackson (left) of Jamaica embraces the new women’s 400m World champion Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain after the final of the event in Doha, Qatar yesterday.
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DOHA, Qatar:

Sh ericka Jackson won her second bronze medal at a World Championships when she lowered her personal best to 49. 47 seconds in the second fastest ever women's 400m at the World Championships as Jamaica increased its medal count to six on day seven of the 2019 World Championships.

The 25 -year-old was ecstatic to finish in podium position at another global championships, but made it clear she is still hungry for that elusive gold medal and is ready to go back to the drawing board to devise a plan in order to get it.

"I really want to win a gold medal," Jackson said after the race. "I think I need to work harder. This season we took the race strategy a little different . I think coach (Paul Francis) will decide how we work to master the 400m."

Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain shocked pre-meet favourite Shaunae Miller-Uibo to win the gold medal in 48.14 seconds, the third fastest of all time and the second fastest to be registered over the distance at a World Championship.

Miller-Uibo also walked away with a personal best of 48.37.

"I wanted to run the national record, but I will have to go after it another time," Jackson said ."But I am really happy because I remember in 2017 I wanted to run the national record and I had to sit on the steps after the semi-finals to see if I had got in the finals and I promised myself that I don't want that to happen again so I am pleased with how I ran tonight."

Lorraine Fenton holds Jamaica's national record in the event at 49.30 since 2001.

Jackson's MVP teammate Stephenie Ann McPherson, in her fourth World Championships 400m final, finished sixth in 50.89.

" My instructions were to go out harder than I did in the first two rounds, but I think I went out a little bit too hard and when I reached the last 150m I tried to make a move and I didn't find anything in the legs," McPherson said.

Spectacular series

Daniel Thomas-Dodd won the country's other medal yesterday when she captured the silver medal in the women's shot put.

The Westmoreland native produced a spectacular series of 18.97, 19.02, 19.36, 19.05 and 19.47 metres. Thomas-Dodd seemed to have won the gold medal on her fifth attempt when she launched the shot to over the 20 metre line but she was flagged for a foul.

"I have a lot of emotion going on right now. The most important one is that I am really happy with where I am compared to two years ago," she said. "I missed out on the medal on my final throw so for me to come back and secure the silver is definitely a good feeling."

China's Lijiao Gong won the gold medal with 19.55 metres while Germany's Christina Schwanitz grabbed the bronze with 19.17m.

The country's medal count could further increase today as Rushell Clayton and quarter-milers, Akeem Bloomfield and Demish Gaye will contest the women's 400m hurdles and men's 400m finals respectively.

Clayton is entering the final with the third fastest time after her 54.17 effort in the semi-final and is in a good position to win her first medal at global championships.

Gaye and Bloomfield will have to work hard to get on the podium though as Bahamian Steven Gardiner, Machel Cedenio from Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada's Kirani James seemed to be in impeccable form.

The women's 400m hurdles is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (Ja time) while the men's 400m will go off at 2:20 p.m.

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