Gold for Jamaica to Lose in a Potential 200 m Sweep at World Championships

When the smoke clears from the starter’s gun, and the clock stops within the 2022 World Championships 200 m girls’s race tonight, it’s exhausting to see Jamaica getting something lower than two medals.  Probably the most formidable amongst us could even counsel a clear sweep, to assist Jamaica create one other line within the historical past books after taking all of the medals within the 100 meters finals 4 nights in the past.

The gold medal isn’t for Jamaica to win, they should do one thing to lose it, based mostly on the characters they’ve acting on athletics’ largest stage in Eugene.

Whereas reaching the sweep isn’t unattainable, it would take an improved efficiency from Elaine Thompson-Herah to tug off what can be one other historic feat for Jamaica, contemplating the exhibiting of her two compatriots.  Based mostly on type and efficiency to this point, Thompson-Herah has not produced the scintillating brilliance we noticed on the final Olympics, the place she received each particular person occasions.

Elaine Thompson-Herah. Photograph/Patrick Inexperienced

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Coming off such an impressive run and going so near Flo Jo’s 100 m report, many anticipated a significantly better efficiency from the Olympic champion.  However lest we overlook, Thompson-Herah confirmed that she may very well be a big-time performer when least anticipated.  Going into the 2020 Olympics, she was third within the 100 and 200 meters, but she produced her brilliance to turn out to be champion.

In Beijing, Thompson-Herah took the silver within the 200.  That is the most effective she has performed in a person occasion at World Championships.  She is subsequently hungry for the last word prize and must be motivated to do one thing particular.

5-time World 100 m champion, Shelly-Fraser-Pryce is in her sixth championship.  Her place as the most effective 100m runner within the historical past of the video games has already been cemented.  She has gotten glory within the 200 m solely as soon as when she took the highest prize in Moscow in 2013.   With the momentum from the 100 meters and her efficiency within the qualifying levels, it will be a miracle if Fraser-Pryce is left off the 200 m podium.  Shelly-Ann relies upon loads on her pace and bullet begin to give her the wanted benefit for the primary 100 m of the 200, and as soon as she will be able to keep her ending, she can be exhausting to beat.   Mentally, she can be in an important place and can carry that momentum into the race.

shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Photograph/Patrick Inexperienced

It could be an understatement to say that nationwide champion Shericka Jackson was dissatisfied in not profitable the World 100 m title on Monday.    After the race, she didn’t cover her emotions both, as she stood in disbelief whereas her teammates celebrated.  She defeated her two nation rivals in Jamaica final month and was little doubt hoping for a repeat of her nationwide trials glory.

The 100 m race is now historical past, and the previous 400 m runner is trying to make amends within the 200 m race.  Her inexperience within the occasion confirmed up on the final Olympics when she slowed down close to the tip and was eradicated.  There have been no such errors this time round in Eugene.  She received her qualifying races with ease and poise.

On the Jamaican trials, Jackson ran 21.55 to assert the third-fastest time in 200 m historical past.  Solely Florence Griffith-Joyner (21.34) and Thompson-Herah (21.53) have performed higher.

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Shericka Jackson. Photograph/Patrick Inexperienced


Nobody seemed as fearless, centered, and decided as Jackson on the monitor proper now.  She hardly smiles and has approached her work to win with a purposeful and business-like perspective.   She is aware of her strengths and can be utilizing them to her benefit.  In her semifinals, she in the reduction of with 50 meters to go earlier than securing first place with the most effective time of 21.67 seconds.    Ato Boldon commenting on NBC, stated: “We’ve got to significantly begin wanting on the report books as a result of if that was 21.67 from Jackson, she is able to run loads sooner.”   Former 400 champion Sanya Richard-Ross who was born in Jamaica, was “shocked” on the time too.

Nonetheless, Jackson stated she was “undoubtedly” not shocked by her efficiency.  “As I stated after the 100, the 200 is one in all my favourite occasions.  I’m robust, and I’m sooner.  It wasn’t stunning,” she instructed NBC.

Jackson has what no different runner within the finals has; the pace from the 100 and the endurance from the 400 meters.  She is the one lady to medal in each and the second after American Fred Kerley.

If there must be spoilers within the Jamaica “sweep” get together end result, the world can look to 2 nations for its reply.  Abby Steiner might pull off a stunner on residence soil after ending second in her semifinals behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.  Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith is the defending champion, and with a season-best of 21.96 in her semi-final, she might pull off a shock to defend her title.  Tamara Clarke of the USA received her semis forward of Asher-Smith with a quick 21.95 and would additionally fancy her likelihood of spoiling the Jamaican get together.

Within the final 17 world championships, Jamaica has medaled within the 200 apart from 5.  That report is tied with the USA, which additionally medaled in 12 championships.  Jamaica has 14 medals; 4 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze medals.  The USA has 4 gold, eight silver, and one bronze.  Each groups have medaled a number of instances twice.  Jamaica in 1999 with Beverly McDonald and Merlene Frazer taking silver and bronze.  Jamaica did it once more in Beijing when present finalist Elaine Thompson-Herah and Veronica Campbell-Brown took silver and bronze, respectively.  The USA doubled in 2005 (gold and silver) and 2011 (silver and bronze).

No workforce has ever swept the medals within the girls’s 200 in World Championships historical past.  Jamaica had an opportunity in 1999, however Juliet Campbell completed eighth.  In 2005 LaTasha Colander of the USA positioned fifth and eradicated the sweep that might have included Allyson Felix and Rachelle Boone-Smith.

Veronica Campbell-Brown spoiled the USA sweep in 2011 when she took gold forward of three Individuals.  Carmelita Jeter and Felix obtained silver and bronze.  In that very same race, Jamaican Kerron Stewart completed fifth whereas her teammate Sherone Simpson positioned eighth.    Jamaica had one other alternative in Beijing in 2015, however Simpson didn’t medal once more as Thompson-Herah and Campbell-Brown picked up silver and bronze, respectively.

The anticipation is fever-pitched, and the world will cease for lower than 30 seconds in Eugene on Thursday at 8:35 central, 11:35 japanese, and 10:35 Jamaican time.  It must be a mouthwatering closing for the ages.

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