Jackson, Fraser-Pryce happy for silver, bronze
Jamaica's four-year hold of the World Championships women's 100 metres title loosened yesterday with the rise of the United States of America's (USA) Sha'Carri Richardson.
For five-time winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and silver medallist Shericka Jackson, it was a mixture of gratitude and reflection after helping to get Jamaica in the medal column on the third day in Budapest, Hungary.
Richardson clocked a championship record of 10.65 seconds equalling the world-leading time set by Jackson in Kingston last month. Jackson clocked 10.72 for second, while Fraser-Pryce was third in a season's best 10.77.
After a trying season, Fraser-Pryce, who bagged her 15th World Championships medal, told Television Jamaica that she is proud of her fight to get to the line after an injury-plagued start.
"We don't pick our battles. Sometimes we have to fight with what we have. I really decided that this year I was going to trust God and His will and the same time, have the grace to accept the will. As athletes, you want to win, but if it didn't work out, I am still grateful because it was a tough season. Walking away with a bronze medal is a plus," Fraser-Pryce said.
Jackson said she was concentrating on her lane, not on Richardson, who was on the outside.
"I was so focused on my lane. It was when I crossed the finish line then I realised what happened. I am not a gold medallist, but a silver medallist again, so I can't complain," Jackson said.
It is the first time the USA have swept the 100 metres at the World Championships in six years, and it is also the first time that an American won the title in that same period when the late Torie Bowie claimed the prize. Richardson's compatriot Noah Lyles won the men's 100 metres on Sunday.
Olympic Games 110 metres hurdles champion Hansle Parchment started the medal tally for Jamaica, finishing second in the final in a season's best time of 13.07 seconds. Reigning champion Grant Holloway made it a hat-trick of titles winning in 12.96, while Daniel Roberts was third in 13.09.
Parchment said he has to work on his start and was proud to have a better outcome than Oregon a year ago when he pulled out of the final because of an injury.
"It feels good to come away with another medal. I have been doing it for many years, and I hope to win a few more. I still have to work on my start because these guys are free coming out of the blocks, but it was a good run," Parchment said.
It was not the World Championships debut Under-20 World Championships winner Jaydon Hibbert wanted, as he withdrew from the triple jump final without registering a jump after pulling up on his first attempt. Burkina Faso's Hugues Zango won the title with a leap of 17.64 metres.
National champion Janieve Russell, 2019 World Championships bronze medallist Rushell Clayton and debutant Andrenette Knight all progressed to the women's 400 metres hurdles semi-finals with automatic qualifications.
In the men's equivalent, national champion Roshawn Clarke qualified for his first final, smashing the world under-20 record and setting a new national record of 47.34 seconds to place second in his semi-final.
Norway's world record holder Karsten Warholm won the semi in 47.09 seconds. Clarke's former training partner, Jaheel Hyde, missed the final after placing fourth in the first semi-final in 48.49.
Candice McLeod was the lone Jamaican to advance to the women's 400 metres final, with her 50.62 seconds qualifying as one of two non-automatic qualifiers.