Jackson captures Pam Am gold - Dedicates win to independent Jamaica

By Sports Desk August 08, 2019
Jamaica's Shericka Jackson. Jamaica's Shericka Jackson.

Jamaica quarter-miler Shericka Jackson put on a superb display to claim top spot in the women’s 400m at the 2019 Pan American Games on Thursday.

Jackson, who has been in superb form all season, clocked an easy looking 50.73, well clear of second-place Paola Moran of Mexico who captured silver with 51.02.  Third place went to the USA’s Courtney Okolo who stopped the clock in 51.22.

Two other Caribbean athletes in the race, Amelia Williams of Barbados and Aliyah Abrams of Guyana were 6th and 7th respectively.  Charging out of lane 5 and 6 Jackson and Okolo were quickly up on the rest of the field but it was the Jamaica who powered past at 150m before pulling away for a comfortable win down the stretch.

“It was an honour to win here tonight.  It’s the Independence weekend so this is a gift for Jamaica,” Jackson said following the race.

“I just wanted to execute the perfect race and I think my first 200 was good enough, so there and then I decided I wanted my final 200 to be perfect as well, so I ran the final 180 as quickly as I could,” she added.

Jackson also dedicated the win to the late Constantine Haughton who encourage the athlete to compete in the 400m.

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