Shericka Jackson of Jamaica and Grenadian sporting hero Kirani James were winners at Sunday’s (4 July) Stockholm Diamond League meet in Sweden.

Jackson’s victory came in the women’s 200m, where Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou challenged her in the race’s early stages. The latter led off the curve, but Jackson held her composure and passed Ta Lou to cross the line 22.10.

Ta Lou finished second in 22.46, and Beatrice Masiling ran a new Namibia record of 22.65 to take the third spot. Great Britain’s Beth Dobbin finished fourth in 22.84, and American Morolake Akinosun ended fifth in 22.97.

Jackson surprised many at the Jamaica Olympic Trials with speeds of 10.77 and 21.84 to book 100m and 200m spots on Jamaica’s team to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games later this month.

James, the London 2012 Olympic Games champion, won the men’s 400m. He went out hard but found himself trailing Deon Lendore into the final straight. He, however, found an extra gear and surged ahead to win the event in 44.68, just ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Lendore, 44.73.

“I feel pretty good,” said James. “I wanted to do something more special, but with the circumstances, travel, etc., I’m still happy. The conditions were perfect.

The top five men went below 45 seconds with Liemarvin Bonevacia of Netherland, 44.80, Americans Vernon Norwood, 44.83 and Wilbert London, 44.86.

Natoya Goule ran very well to take second in the women’s 800m. Goule, who watched the pace at the start of the race, was sixth at the 200-metre. She moved into 4th atop the straight, and minus the pacemaker who took them at the bell in 56.84, was second at this stage.
She rubbed shoulders with Rose Mary Almanza for most of the last lap, but Alomzo just did enough to hold on for the win with a personal best and meeting record 1:56.28.

Goule, who is in good form going into the Tokyo Olympics, finished second in 1:56.44. American Kate Grace went across the line in third, her time 1:57.46.

Kemar Mowatt, the next best finisher for Jamaica, was a third-place finisher in the men’s 400m hurdles. He ran a season-best 48.75 to finish behind Alison dos Santos of Brazil, 47.34 and Yasmani Copello of Turkey, 48.19.

Jamaicans Janieve Russell, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, Leah Nugent and Fedrick Dacres.

Russell finished fourth in the women’s 400m hurdles, crossing the line in 54.08 behind Netherland’s winner Femke Bol, 52.37. Nugent was sixth in 55.01

Danniel Thomas-Dodd could only manage an 18.59m effort, which gave her seventh in the women’s shot put. Valerie Adams of New Zealand won the event with 19.26m.

Dacres threw 63.57m for seventh in the men’s discus. Daniel Stahl of Sweden topped the field, which included two 66m throwers, with 68.64m.

Jerome Blake of Canada won the men’s 100m in 10.15 ahead of Mouhamadou of France, 10.16. American Kayla White ran 11.23 to take the women’s 100m ahead of Salome Kora 11.31.

Ronnie Baker won the main 100m in 10.03 ahead of Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy, 10.05.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.



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