Shericka Jackson for Brussels Diamond League on Friday (3 Sept)

Jamaican Shericka Jackson and American Sha’Carri Richardson were beaten by Christine Mboma of Namibia at Friday’s (3 Sept) Brussels Diamond League.


Jackson led off the curve and held her lead up to 170 metres before the fast-finishing Mboma stole the show. Mboma, who finished strong to edge out Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for a medal in Tokyo 2020, won Friday’s event in 21.84.

In her first 200m since failing to make the Tokyo 2020 final, Jackson took second in 21.95.

“I’m happy with my race, but I really wanted to win today,” said Jackson.

“I had a good start, so I’m happy with that, but there’s still room for improvement. I was able to accelerate towards the end but couldn’t get the win,” added the Olympic Games 100m bronze medallist.

Richardson, who admitted she is a ‘baby’ to the 200m, showed no fight and finished way back in fourth – 22.45.

World champion Dina Asher-Smith was third in 22.04.

In the women’s 100m hurdles, Olympic Games bronze medallist Megan Tapper fought hard but had to settle for third in 12.77. Nadine Visser of the Netherland topped the field in 12.69 ahead of Nigerian Tobi Amusan, 12.69.

Tapper was not happy with the result. “I try to win every time I race, but today I was not in the competition.”

“I will have to watch the video and figure out what went wrong Today because I felt very strong. But it’s not the end of the season yet. I still have to race in Poland and Zurich. I’ll stay positive and try to win next time,” said Tapper.

Danielle Williams had some problems midway through the race and finished out of it. She was disqualified in the end.

Kirani James of Grenada finished second in the men’s 400m, running 44.51 behind American Michael Cherry, 44.03.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Deon Lendore, 45.06 and Jamaican Christopher Taylor, 45.88, were fifth and seventh, respectively.

Jamaican Jaheel Hyde ran 48.91 to take second in the men’s 400m hurdles. Brazilian Alison dos Santos won in 48.23, ahead of BVI’s Kyron McMaster, 48.31.

Fred Kerley won the men’s 100m in 9.94 but said: “I’m happy with the win, but I’m not satisfied with my race.”
“I didn’t execute the race how I wanted. That gives me working points because I always want to be better,” Kerley added.
Trayvon Bromell, who ran 9.97, said, “Today I came in second behind Fred Kerley, so I am very happy with that.”

Michael Norman was third in 9.98.

Sifan Hassan ran a world lead and meeting record 4:14.74 to win the women’s 1 mile.
“I’m really happy with the time. After Tokyo, I was so tired, so I just wanted to run the short distance. My goal was to run fast here tonight, and that is what I did. It is a beautiful time.

Hassan was on world record pace with two laps to go, but she was quick to point out after that wasn’t her aim. “No, I was not thinking about the world record, although I knew I was on world record pace in the beginning. But in the middle, it slowed down a bit. It does not matter. Like I said, I am happy with the time and meeting record.”

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