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200m World Champion Shericka Jackson has captured the women’s 100m Diamond League title after clocking 10.70 seconds to win the event finals in Eugene on Saturday.
In what was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated line-ups in recent times, the race, which included current World and Olympic Champions, delivered the expected fireworks.
Jackson, who copped silver in Budapest, would not be denied in Eugene as she showed supreme form to power home across the line ahead of all comers, including World Champ Sha’Carri Richardson, who had to settle for fourth in 10.80 seconds.
Diamond League leader Mari-Josee Talou missed her first trophy after placing second in 10.75 seconds season best, followed by Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, who also logged a season-best effort of 10.79 seconds for third on Saturday.
The event set a strong tone for Sunday’s 200-metre final, for which a world record watch is officially active after Jackson signalled her intentions of tagging the mark by posting a Diamond League record of 21.48 seconds in Brussels to register the fourth fastest time ever over the distance.
The win for Jackson will surely add to her confidence going into Sunday’s final, as all eyes now turn to the Jamaican and the clock.
The two-time World Champion currently holds three of the four fastest times in history in the half-lap event, including the second, third, and fourth.