Record-breaking sprinter Shericka Jackson knew she was always capable of burning through the field, so the gold in the 200m that she claimed last night in Eugene Oregon was not as shocking to her as it was to her native country.
Jackson, who now holds the torch for the fastest woman alive in the world and the second fastest in history over 200m, had a mouthful of gratitude when speaking to reporters after running a time of 21.45.
The 28-year-old sprinter expressed that she always had a fondness for the 200m and, after her disappointment last year, she was determined to conquer the distance. “I think tonight, I think I did pretty good, and I think coach won’t have any problems, so I’m just grateful just to be here,” she told the reporters. “Last year I cried so much, and I can say finally you can go watch the heats of the Olympic 200.”
Jackson indicated that she smiled a little brighter after the semi-finals when she saw that she was “very, very fit” and “ready to run”. When asked if she was stunned by her time, Jackson said she knew she was capable of running fast and pointed out the evidence in her semi-final win, which she executed in 21.67 seconds without an ounce of exhaustion.
A reporter inquired if she felt pressured before the race, and Jackson answered by saying that one of her life lessons was not to overwhelm herself. Explaining that she exercised the calming techniques her coach taught, Jackson said she always meditates before each race and, while she was a bit concerned, she was not entirely nervous about the finals.
Jackson, who was open to answering all the questions presented to her, had to dismiss one particularly “rude” inquiry that dared her to question the world record set by Florence Griffith-Joyner. “There is one person in history who’s run faster than you today, I’m wondering what you make of the current world record. Do you-Do you believe in that time?” the British reporter asked.
In response, Jackson asked, “What does that suppose to mean? Isn’t it the world record?” Upon the reporter agreeing, she continued to ask, “So why do you think I need to question the world record?”
Telling the reporter that it was “rude” of him to ask such a question, Jackson walked away quite offended by the reporter’s audacious question.
Watch the interview with Shericka Jackson below.