Jamaica’s aim of completing a double Olympic sprint sweep came crashing on Monday as Shericka Jackson failed to advance from the heats phase in the women’s 200m.
Competing in heat 5, Jackson, one of the fastest women in the event this year seemed in control of the race from the bend, but surprisingly chose to finish casually, causing her a place in the semis having placed fourth.
Meanwhile, Elaine Thompson-Herah who is aiming to become the first ever woman in the history of the Olympics to complete a double double Olympic sprint gold advanced from heat 6 after finishing in third position.
The most accomplished sprinter in the Olympic Games, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also advanced in comfortable fashion after winning heat 2 in 22.22 seconds, ahead of Namibia’s Beatrice Masilingi [22.63] and Dafne Schippers [23.13]
The Jamaican duo will not meet in the semifinal which comes of later in the day, meaning they are likely to face the likes of Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Gabby Thomas, Dafne Schippers and perpetual fourth placed specialist, Ta-Lou in the women’s 200m final.
The absence of Shericka Jackson means that a repeat of Jamaican medal sweep which occurred in the 100m final on Saturday is completely off.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson