Shericka Jackson and Gabrielle Thomas to rekindle rivalry at Zurich Diamond League

Shericka Jackson and Gabrielle Thomas to rekindle rivalry at Zurich Diamond League

Funmilayo Fameso 20:28 - 28.08.2023

Shericka Jackson and Gabrielle Thomas are the headliners for the women's 200m event at the Zurich Diamond League.

World 200m champion Shericka Jackson and silver medallist Gabrielle Thomas will rekindle their World Championships rivalry on August 31st at the Zurich Diamond League.

Jackson won the world title in Budapest in a jaw-dropping Championship Record (CR) of 21.41s to successfully defend her title and break her previous CR of 21.45s.

Shericka Jackson won the 200m world title in a Championship Record of 21.41s

Thomas was second in an impressive 21.81s, while 100m champion Sha'Carri Richardson was third in 21.92s.

Sha'Carri Richardson, Gabrielle Thomas, and Shericka Jackson after the women's 200m final in Budapest

The Jamaican's time strengthened her position as the second-fastest female 200m runner in history, behind Florence Griffith-Joyner's World Record (WR) of 21.34s.

After the race, a disappointed Jackson wasn't happy with her CR as it didn't break her goal smashing the WR, but promised to do so at the right moment.

If she's to attempt the WR in Zurich, the Jamaican speedster will need a stiff challenge to push her to the finish line, and she'll get that in Thomas - she has a Personal Best of 21.60s, the fourth-fastest time in history.

Gabrielle Thomas and Shericka Jackson face off at Zurich Diamond League
Gabrielle Thomas

Both ladies will be gunning for a famous win and memorable moment, securing their names as the best in the event this season.

Other top athletes listed in the stacked field are USA's quartet of Brittany Brown, Tamara Clark, Kayla White, and Twanisha Terry. Then Great Britain's Daryll Neita and Bahamian Anthonique Strachan - both finalists in Budapest.