Shanieka Ricketts' right approach yields 2019 Diamond League title

By August 29, 2019

Finding the right approach at the right time helped propel Shanieka Ricketts to her first Diamond League win and with it the 2019 Diamond League triple-jump crown in Zurich on Thursday.

She goes home with a 10-carat diamond and US$50,000 for her efforts and redemption after losing the title in 2018 by the smallest of margins.

“I am in a very jubilant mood, knowing that last year I was second by only one centimetre and this year I am blessed to finish on top with a personal best of 14.93m. This win is very special because it is my first ever Diamond League win and I produced a personal best to earn the title.”

Trailing Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas’ 14.74m with one jump remaining, Ricketts who opened her campaign with 14.72m, unleashed a personal and season-best jump of 14.93m to snatch victory from Rojas.

“I led with 14.72m with about 28cm to spare at the board and this stood up to the sixth round,” she said. “I relinquished the lead in the sixth and final round and so I knew I had to go all out and my last attempt,” she said.

Rickett’s victory would have come as a shock to the Venezuelan, who leads the world with two marks beyond 15m so far this season and who was losing to the Jamaican for the first time this season. She told Sportsmax.TV that she managed to get things right in the nick of time.

“For the last two competitions – Pan Am Games and last week’s Paris Diamond League - I have been fouling some big jumps and so I had an idea of where I was but just needed to get my approach right,” she said, “so tonight really was about hitting one of those jumps on the board.”

That, she did.

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