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1 rival out, Sha’Carri Richardson almost loses to Shericka Jackson due to massive panic before the duel at the Olympic Games in Paris

1 rival out, Sha’Carri Richardson almost loses to Shericka Jackson due to massive panic before the duel at the Olympic Games in Paris

For Sha’Carri Richardson, there is all but one person standing in her path to coveted Olympic gold. Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson has qualified for the Paris Games in both the women’s 100m and 200m sprints and will need to be the shoulder the yellow, green and gold flag can rely on. With Elaine Thompson-Herah not competing in the Games this year, Jackson could become the name Jamaica stands behind, but even that could face an obstacle.

At the Jamaican Team Trials in Kingston last month, Shericka surprised the world with her impressive speed as she outran global track and field superstars such as Selly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win both the shorter and longer distance races. While Jackson is undoubtedly one of the favorites to win an Olympic gold medal in the French capital, a recent piece of news may have her fans worried.

Sha’Carri Richardson’s greatest enemy falls

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At the ongoing Gyulai István Memorial track and field meet in Hungary, Jackson was among the sprinters competing in the women’s 200-meter race and was the clear favorite to win. However, a story published a few hours ago on X by Track & Field Gazette will raise some concerns ahead of the hype in Paris. With the headline: “A horror of Paris??“The article noted that the reigning women’s 200m world champion stopped just steps from the finish line and limped off the course.

Before the injury showed its ugly teeth, Jackson was leading the field and on track to win another 200m race without breaking a sweat. And yet, the four-time world champion completely shut down on the race’s home stretch. While her behavior is naturally causing panic among her fans and followers just before the 2024 Olympics, Troy Evans, Jackson’s physiotherapist, assures everyone that it’s not Code Red yet.

In an Instagram post that went live after Shericka’s incident in Hungary, Evans showed how the 2020 Tokyo Olympic gold medalist was already training to recover from her ailments.”Cramp in the thigh muscles, she will work,“, Troy wrote in his post, while the accompanying videos show Jackson perfecting her takeoff on an indoor track. Whatever happens, should Shericka manage to fly to Paris, she would be in for a showdown for the ages that will thrill fans.

An intense rivalry awaits the final applause

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For Richardson, the 2024 Games are all the more important. With the reigning 100m world champion barred from competing in Tokyo, Sha’Carri has made big promises about her plans for Paris. The rivalry between her and her Jamaican opponents has increased significantly in recent months, especially as each vie to beat the other. While Shericka is the undisputed leader in the 200m race, Richardson’s 100m records are triumphant.

However, with Jamaica unable to capitalize on Elaine Thompson’s skills this time around, Jackson will have to take on more pressure. With their rivalry one of the most anticipated spectacles at this year’s quadrennial event, let’s take a look at how these women fare in their bid to win Olympic gold.

Name of the athlete 100m best time 200m best time
Sha’Carri Richardson 10.65 21.92
Shericka Jackson 10.65 21.41

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However, at their respective team trials, Richardson finished the 100m race in 10.71 seconds, while Shericka clocked 10.84 seconds. Shericka, on the other hand, punched her ticket to Paris in Kingston in the 200m race after finishing in 22.29 seconds at the Jamaican team trials, while Sha’Carri finished the same race in Eugene, Oregon in 22.16 seconds. With these two results, Sha’Carri is now closer to the world records set by the legendary Florence Griffith-Joyner in both the 100m (10.49) and 200m (21.34). But which of these stars has what it takes to look track immortality in the eye and grab it by the collar?

To find the answer, we must turn our attention to the banks of the Seine in a few weeks.