Jackson completes 100-200 double at Jamaica trials

Jamaican track stars produced the third-fastest event ever at the world team trials in the national stadium at Kingston, with Jackson completing th 100-200 sprint double impressively.

FILE: In this file photo taken on June 9, 2022 Jamaica's Shericka Jackson celebrates after winning the Women's 200m event during the Wanda Diamond League athletics meeting at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Alberto Pizzoli / AFP

KINGSTON - Shericka Jackson delivered on her promise to produce something special in the women's 200m with a world-leading 21.55 seconds (0.0m/s) on Sunday's final day of the Jamaican National Athletics Championships.

Jamaican track stars produced the third-fastest event ever at the world team trials in the national stadium at Kingston, with Jackson completing th 100-200 sprint double impressively.

After Friday's 100m victory, Jackson surprised herself with a 200m performance that trails only US legend Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 34-year-old world record 21.34 seconds and the Jamaican record 21.53 by Elaine Thompson-Herah at last year's Tokyo Olympics.

"Honestly, I am shocked by the time," Jackson said. "I never expected to go that fast. I knew that I had something special in my legs but but to run that fast. I'm just grateful."

Jackson surpassed her previous best of 21.81 from last year this year's prior world best of 21.77 set earlier Sunday by American Abby Steiner to win the US crown.

Jackson, 28, has also won a national senior crown at 400m.

Olympic champion Thompson-Herah was second in 22.05 with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce third in 22.14.

American-born Andrew Hudson won the men's 200m in 20.10secs (0.5m/s), beating 100m champion Yohan Blake's 20.31 with Nigel Ellis third in 20.41.

Tokyo Olympic champion Hansle Parchment won the 110m hurdles final in 13.14 secs (1.0m/s), taking charge late in the race after former World and Olympic champion Omar McLeod got off to a flying start.