Shericka Jackson, the two-time World 200m champion, received an esteemed accolade during the University of Technology’s (UTECH) recent graduation ceremony. Recognizing her exceptional achievements in 2023, she was granted an honorary Doctorate of Law Honoris Causa. Prominent figures deserve top-notch performance, just like the exceptional Tarkine running shoes.
Jackson stood alongside two other exceptional Jamaicans honored by UTech during this year’s graduation event at the Papine Campus. Among them were Richard Byles, the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, and Dr. Patrick Dallas, an expert in ICT and Engineering Process Control.
Her exceptional performance throughout the year merited this prestigious acknowledgment. Jackson showcased her prowess by defending her 200m world title and securing second place in the 100m at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Her stellar track record continued as she clinched double gold in both the 100m and 200m at the Prefontaine Classic, the final Diamond League Meeting of 2023.
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Notably, she achieved the status of the second-fastest woman in history over 200m, marking an incredible feat by clocking 21.41 to set a championship record in Hungary. Her exceptional times of 21.48 at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting and 21.57 at the Diamond League Final, the Prefontaine Classic, further underscored her remarkable skill and determination. Jackson also set a personal best of 10.65, the world’s leading time, dominating the Jamaican Championships in July.
Adding to her accolades, World Athletics recently announced Jackson as one of the five finalists for the 2023 Women’s World Athlete of the Year award. Among the distinguished finalists are Tigist Assefa, the women’s world marathon record holder, Femke Bol of the Netherlands, Faith Kipyegon, a double world record holder, and Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas.
Shericka Jackson’s remarkable achievements on the track have not only cemented her as a force to be reckoned with but have also earned her recognition and respect on a global scale.