Hawes: Best still to come from Jackson in 100m
Legacy Athletics head coach Omar Hawes says that a bright future awaits Olympic 100m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson in the short sprint.
In her first competitive season in the 100 metres, Jackson, 27, took bronze in a new personal-best time of 10.76 seconds. as part of the Jamaican clean sweep of the medals in the women's 100m final at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, last Saturday morning Jamaica time.
Her MVP Track Club training partner, Elaine Thompson-Herah, defended her Olympic title in a new Olympic record of 10.61, ahead of four-time World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who took silver in 10.74.
In a debut season at the distance which has seen her continue since switching from the 400m, Hawes said that there is nowhere to go but up for Jackson in terms of what she can accomplish with a little more polish.
"There is a lot of upside for Shericka. Why? She has run way less than the two ladies in front of her. So she has a lot more to learn. She has more time on her hands," Hawes told STAR Sports. She is a bit younger than both ladies who got gold and silver. So in terms of her development so far, in such a short period of time over the 100m, I think she has a lot of upside."
Jackson anchored Jamaica's 4x100m relay team that took gold at the 2019 World Championships, but having made the switch to the 100m this season, it has been a year of growth. Jackson ran sub-11 for the first time in June at the National Trials and set a then personal best of 10.77 in the semi-finals.
Jackson qualified for the Tokyo final in 10.79 before being a part of the fastest race in Olympic history. Jackson, along with Thompson-Herah and Fraser-Pryce, has three of the top five fastest times in the world this year. Although Thompson-Herah will most likely be her long-term rival in the distance, Hawes says that it is Jamaica's female sprinting that will benefit overall.
"I know she will have to go up against the Olympian champion and the Olympic record holder, who is her training partner, (but) let's see what will happen going forward," Hawes said.
Jackson did not advance to the 200m final; however, she is expected to take part in the 4x100m relay later this week.