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1 opponent out, Sha’Carri Richardson nearly loses Shericka Jackson in big scare over Paris Olympics clash

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For Sha’Carri Richardson, there is everyone but one person standing in her way to the coveted Olympic gold. Jamaican Shericka Jackson has qualified in the women’s 100m and 200m for the Paris Games, and she needs to be the shoulder she can rely on to carry the yellow, green and gold flag. With Elaine Thompson-Herah out of this year’s Games, Jackson could become the name Jamaica stands behind, but even that could face a speed bump.

At last month’s Jamaican team trials, Shericka wowed the world with her blistering speeds in Kingston, as she outpaced global track superstars such as Selly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win both the short and long distance races. While Jackson is undoubtedly a favourite to win an Olympic gold in the French capital, one recent piece of news may have her fans worried.

Sha’Carri Richardson’s biggest enemy takes a tumble

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At the Gyulai István Memorial Track Meet in Hungary, Jackson was among the sprinters lining up for the women’s 200m race and was the obvious favourite to win the event. However, a post in Track & Field Gazette X from a few hours ago will raise several concerns ahead of the rumble in Paris. Captioned, “A scare before Paris?The post noted how the reigning women’s 200m world champion stopped just a few steps short of the finish line and limped off the track.

Before the injury reared its ugly teeth, Jackson was leading the pack and on his way to winning another 200-meter race seemingly without breaking a sweat. And yet, the four-time world champion completely shut down during the final stretch of the race. While his actions just before the 2024 Olympics are naturally causing panic among his fans and followers, Troy Evans, Jackson’s physical therapist, assures everyone that it’s not Code Red just yet.

In an Instagram post that appeared online after Shericka’s incident in Hungary, Evans showed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medallist training to recover from her problems.hamstring cramp, she will be working,“Troy wrote in his post as the accompanying videos show Jackson perfecting his exit on an indoor track. Whatever the case, if Shericka manages to jet off to Paris, a showdown for the ages would be waiting to enthrall fans.

An intense rivalry awaits the curtain call

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For Richardson, the 2024 Games are even more important. With the reigning women’s 100m world champion unable to compete in Tokyo, Sha’Carri has been making big claims about her plans for Paris. The rivalry between her and Jamaican opponents has gained significant traction in recent months, especially as they all vie to subdue each other. While Shericka is the undisputed leader in the 200m race, Richardson’s 100m records are triumphant.

However, with Jamaica unable to take advantage of Elaine Thompson’s prowess this time around, Jackson will have to bear more pressure on herself. With their rivalry being one of the most anticipated spectacles of this year’s quadrennial event, let’s take a look at how these women fare in their bid to win an Olympic gold.

Name of the athlete best time in 100 meters best time in 200m
Sha’Carri Richardson 10.65 21.92
Shericka Jackson 10.65 21.41

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However, in their respective team trials, Richardson finished the 100m race in 10.71 seconds, while Shericka clocked 10.84. Elsewhere, in Kingston, Shericka punched her ticket to Paris in the 200m race after finishing in 22.29 seconds in the Jamaican team trials, while Sha’Carri completed the same race in Eugene, Oregon, in 22.16 seconds. With both results, Sha’Carri is now closer to the world records set by the iconic Florence Griffith-Joyner in the 100m (10.49) and 200m (21.34) events. But which of these stars has what it takes to look immortality in the eye and grab it by the scruff of the neck?

In a few weeks we will have to look towards the banks of the Seine to find the answer.

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