Mixed results for Jamaican athletes in the Rabat Diamond League

Jamaican athletes Shericka Jackson and Rushell Clayton claimed victories at the Wanda Diamond League in Rabat, Morocco, continuing their impressive form on the international stage.

Jackson, the 2023 world 200-meter champion and defending Diamond League champion in the 200 meters, made her seasonal debut in the half-lap event, clocking a moderate 22.82 seconds. Despite looking a little rusty, Jackson managed to hold off Ivory Coast’s Maboundou Kone, who finished second in 22.96 seconds, and France’s Helen Perisot, who ran a personal best of 23.02 seconds to secure the third place.

In a post-race interview, Jackson expressed satisfaction with his performance. “I think it was a pretty good race for the first 200 meters of the season,” she said. He was not concerned about the relatively slow time, but instead concentrated on his technique and execution. “Time is what it is. I tried to focus on my technique and execution. I think I did well,” he added, although he noted that it is too early to discuss his event choices for the Paris Olympics.

Clayton dominates in the 400-meter hurdles

Following her world-leading performance of 53.72 seconds at the Jamaica Athletics Invitation, Rushell Clayton continued her winning streak in the women’s 400m hurdles. Clayton overcame a slow start to dominate her rivals and finished in 53.98 seconds. Her national teammate Shian Salmon took second place with a season-best time of 54.27 seconds, while Ukraine’s Anna Ryzhykova took third in 55.09 seconds. Janieve Russell finished fifth with a time of 55.74 seconds.

“I’m really happy because it was a pretty good race, but there’s still more things to fix in the hurdles race,” Clayton said after the race. “This is my second race of the season and the second time I’ve gone under 54 seconds, and I’m satisfied,” she added, revealing that his next race will be in Oslo.

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Mixed results for Jamaican throwers and sprinters

In the field events, Jamaican throwers Danniel Thomas-Dodd and Traves Smikle finished fourth in their respective events. Thomas-Dodd recorded a throw of 18.54 meters in the women’s shot put, while Smikle achieved 66.04 meters in the men’s discus. Fedrick Dacres finished sixth in the discus with a distance of 65.05 meters.

In the men’s 100m, Rohan Watson and Yohan Blake faced tough competition. Watson finished fifth with a time of 10.26 seconds, while Blake struggled and finished eighth in 10.41 seconds. Cameroon’s Emmanuel Eseme won the event in 10.11 seconds, followed by Canada’s Andre De Grasse in 10.18 seconds and Britain’s Jeremiah Azu in third place in 10.25 seconds.