Jackson wants a go at national 400m record
Shericka Jackson has her sights set on the 2002 national women's 400 metres record of 49.43 seconds by Lorraine Fenton.
Jackson was known for her prowess in the 400 metres in her junior years and won the bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, but has since transitioned to the shorter sprints.
She became the second-fastest woman ever in the 200 metres at the recent World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, with 21.41 seconds to win the gold medal. It was a position she gained at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last year when she won with 21.45 seconds.
Speaking at a press conference in Switzerland on Thursday, Jackson revealed that she still aspires to compete in the 400 metres, where she has a personal best of 49.47 seconds, done in Qatar.
"I definitely know I can break the national record in the 400 metres, as my personal best in the event is 49.4 seconds, done in 2019," said Jackson in an interview with former Great Britain outstanding sprint hurdler Colin Jackson.
"I have gotten superfast over the 100 and 200 metres, and with my improved speed, I can do sub-48 seconds over the event. My former coach told me I could go 47 seconds over the event, and I believed. Once you trust your coach and your body, it is possible," said Jackson.
She added that she wanted to compete in the 100 and 400 metres at the National Senior Championships in June but was dissuaded by her coach.
"I wanted to contest the 100 and 400 metres at the National Championships, but my coach was not in agreement with this. However, I am hoping, in the future, my coach and I can sit down and come to some agreement for me to compete in the event," said Jackson.