Shericka Jackson maintains attack on Flo Jo's world record as she heads to Prefontaine Classic

Two-time World 200m champion Shericka Jackson will be eyeing the world record when she heads to the final Diamond League Meeting, the Prefontaine Classic, on Sunday.

She hoped to smash the late Florence Joyner’s record at the meeting in Brussels but missed out after clocking 21.48 to cross the finish line. The late Joyner’s record stands at 21.34 and Jackson is the only woman who has gotten close to the record.

She, however, has not lost hope and she wants to give her best shot when she races on US soil one more time.

The 29-year-old has sweet memories of the Hayward Field in Eugene since she won the 200m at last year’s edition of the event.

“I believe in myself, I believe in what I’m capable of doing. If it comes it comes if it doesn’t it’s okay. I’ll cool down, take a little break, and then prepare for next year.

But as I said the focus is on this year…if I get the record in Eugene, then it will be a plus but I won’t kill myself,” the Jamaican said.

She has been unbeaten so far this year in the 200m and that shows how formidable she is to take down the record.

The World 100m silver medalist opened her track season in the 200m at the Diamond League Meeting in Rabat, Morocco where she reigned supreme.

She also clinched top honors at the Jamaican Championships before also winning at the Gyulai István Memorial, a Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix.

She then proceeded to the Diamond League Meeting in Monaco before heading to the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary where she defended her title.

After the World Championships, she competed at the Meetings in Zurich and Brussels where she bagged wins. She is now eyeing glory at the final Diamond League Meeting.

posted Friday September 15th
by Abigael Wuafula