14.73m Shanieka Ricketts just wanted to defend her title

By June 24, 2019

Shanieka Ricketts said her only intent on Saturday was to defend her national title in the women’s triple jump. Coming off her third-place finish at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Ricketts returned to Jamaica not expecting to be anywhere close to her season-best 14.76m, now the third best in the world this year.

However, she opened with 14.73m, the fourth best in the world, which was more than enough to secure the national title and book her place on Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha in September.

Jumps of 14.55m and 14.63m as well as one close to 15m ruled a foul followed.

Her closest competitor was seven-time national champion Kimberly Williams with 14.20.

NCAA champion Shardia Lawrence was third with her best effort of 13.74, short of the 13.99m she produced to secure her first NCAA title 10 days earlier.

Honestly, I didn’t expect to jump this big but I definitely wanted to defend the title and I knew that it was not an easy field so I had to show up. That is why I got the biggest jump in the first round because I was kind of nervous and I had to try to my best to secure the winner,” she said following the completion of the competition on Sunday.

Now with two jumps of 14.70 so far this season, Ricketts, who is coached by her husband Kerry-Lee Ricketts, believes her goal of 15 metres is not far away.

“I am still gunning for 15m. Hopefully, I will get it sooner than later,” she said.

She jumps next in Lausanne in Switzerland in two weeks.

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