Ricketts encouraged by consistency

By Sports Desk September 01, 2019
Jamaica's Shanieka Rickett's Jamaica's Shanieka Rickett's

Jamaica triple jumper Shanieka Ricketts contends she is encouraged by the consistency of recent performances, after claiming the women’s title at the ISTAF Berlin World Challenge Meeting, in Germany on Sunday.

Fresh off claiming the Diamond League title with a leap just under 15m, Ricketts cleared 14.63m to take top spot in the women’s triple jump in Berlin.  Patricia Mamona of Portugal claimed second place with a leap of 14.18 and Dovile Kilty of Lithuania placed third with a leap of 14.15.   Kimberly Williams, the other Jamaican in the event, finished 5th with a leap of 13.96m.

“I feel great. My best jump was 14.63m, that shows that I have a lot of consistency,” Ricketts said.

“This was my final rehearsal for Doha. Achieving such a result after the DL final a few days ago is great, incredible. I was hoping to jump further, but we had a negative breeze (wind), and I was tired from the DL final. I really like it here, the crowd was electric and gave us a lot of support,” she added.

In another result, Danniel Thomas-Dodd threw 18.02m for 4th in the women’s shot put. Canadian Brittany Crew won the event with 19.28m.

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    “I am very pleased, this is my third World Championships and the first time I am standing on a podium so I am pleased,” she told Trackalerts TV in an interview after her historic feat.

    Ricketts became the first Jamaican woman to mine a silver medal at in the triple jump at the World Championships after a leap of 14.92 metres put her second to Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, whose 15.37 could not be challenged.

    The Jamaican also finished ahead of a legend of the triple jump in Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen, 14.73, and the personal best of her fourth-placed teammate, the veteran Kimberly Williams, 14.64.

    “There’ve been so many disappointments in years gone by and to finally deliver on the world stage makes me very happy,” said Ricketts.

    Despite the long time in coming, Ricketts is not resting on her laurels and believes there is more she can do still.

    “In some of the jumps I was having a little trouble with my third phase,” she said, thinking back to what she could have done better and what she needs to improve going forward.

    “Despite that, there is not much really to complain about tonight,” she said.

    Ricketts is also very aware that she has not achieved her lofty heights alone and that her successes have everything to do with those who have supported her.

    “I have an amazing team. It’s been my husband [Kerry Lee Ricketts], Mr Peart, Brad yap, My chiropractor, they’ve all done a fantastic job of making sure I peak at the right times and that showed in my performances this year,” she said.

    Ricketts produced a high-level series during her silver-medal run.

    She had distances of 14.81, 14.76, 14.92, 14.72, 14.82, and a no jump and explained what led to the consistency in the distances and even the no jump after sher silver medal had already been sewn up.

    “I wanted to give it my all. I was still trying to jump 15 metres,” she said.

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    Ricketts put together, probably the best series of her career, with the 14.92 she would end with marking just one of five jumps that would have brought her silver.

    She would lose to the brilliant Venezuelan, Yulimar Rojas, whose 15.37 was one of two marks over 15 metres, while veteran and serial World Champion, Colmbia’s Caterine Ibarguen, finished with a bronze medal even after a sub-par season, reaching out to 14.73 with her fifth attempt to get the better of another Jamaica, longtime competitor Kimberly Williams, whose personal best 14.64 saw her end fourth.

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    Williams 14.64 came in her first attempt and for most of the final, looked good enough to secure an unprecedented silver-bronze combo for Jamaica.

    Ibarguen’s best until her penultimate jump had been 14.46 metres and Williams, who has now been fourth at World Championships on four occasions, looked set to break the jinx.

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    Ricketts silver medal brings to nine the number of total medals Jamaica has won at the end of the penultimate day of the Championships. The country now has three gold, four silver, and two bronze medals.

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