In Budapest on Friday, Shericka Jackson blazed through the 200m race, clocking an astonishing 21.41 seconds, which now stands as the second-fastest time in history. Her victory was never in question, as she dominated the bend and entered the straight with a substantial lead, leaving her competitors to vie for the lesser medals.
Gabby Thomas of the USA, an Olympic bronze medalist, secured the silver with a time of 21.81 seconds, while her compatriot Sha’Carri Richardson achieved a personal best of 21.92 seconds, earning herself a bronze medal to complement her earlier gold in the 100m event.
This victory was particularly sweet for Jackson, given her second-place finish in the 100m. Her time was only seven hundredths of a second shy of the world record set by the late Florence Griffith Joyner 35 years ago.
Jackson burst out of the starting blocks and quickly overtook both Thomas and Richardson in the outside lanes. Thomas couldn’t close the gap as they sprinted down the straight, while Richardson managed to pass Julien Alfred.
This win extends the USA women’s 200m title drought, which dates back to Alysson Felix’s third consecutive victory in Berlin in 2009.
Dina Asher-Smith, the 2019 champion from Britain, struggled to make an impact and finished in seventh place, with Ivory Coast’s 2017 silver medalist, Marie-Josee Ta Lou, coming in eighth and last.
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