Jamaica quarter-miler Shericka Jackson recorded a big personal best to claim a bronze medal in a blistering women’s 400m final on Thursday.

All the headlines on the day went to Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser who clocked the fastest time in 36 years to claim gold medal in the event.  Second went to pre-race favourite Shaunae Miller, who also clocked a personal-best 48.37.

With the front two well clear of the field, Jackson produced a trademark late-race surge before holding to finish third in 49.47, managing to safely repel finish line lunges from the United States duo of Waldine Jonathas and Phyllis Francis.  Jackson's time comfortably beat her previous personal best of 49.78 set early this year at the Jamaica National Championships.

The time, however, remains some distance off the national record of 49.30 set by Lorraine Fenton in 1992.  The Bahamian Miller-Uibo also set a new personal best, national record and area record.  Stephenie-Ann Mcpherson, the other Jamaican in the race, finished sixth in 50.89.

Briana Williams has decided to withdraw from the Jamaican team to the 2019 IAAF World Championships that gets underway tomorrow in Doha, Qatar.

 

Donovan Bailey, the 1995 World 100m champion, believes that there will be a huge void to fill at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha as for the first time in a decade there will be no Usain Bolt.

Anguillan-born British sprinter Zharnel Hughes will take aim at the longstanding national 100m record of Linford Christie, at this weekend’s British Championships in Birmingham.

Hughes seems to be approaching close to his best form after clocking his personal best 9.95 at the London Olympic Stadium last month.  With the meet expected to act as the trials to make the British team for the World Championships, the athlete is also eager to make history.

Christie’s record of 9.87 was set 26 years ago, with Hughes’ personal best standing at 9.91.  The young sprinter is convinced the time remains very much in reach.

‘I’m definitely thinking 9.7 is possible. I’m not putting pressure on myself,” Hughes told Metro News.

 “I’m not putting any targets on anyone, I’m just focusing on myself and then fast times will come.  I’d love to get it [the British record]. I ran 9.96 in London at the Anniversary Games in the heats which was quite easy and I shut down from far out,” he added.

“I believe I can run 9.8, possibly a 9.7, but we’ll see. I’m not predicting for it to be this weekend, because I don’t know what the weather looks like and you have to take into consideration the way you execute.”

  

Even while revealing that he spending more time perfecting his 100m, 2018 European champion Zharnel Hughes said he is considering taking on the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar at the end of September.

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