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Following the Footsteps of Sha’Carri Richardson, Rival Shericka Jackson Proves She Can Make a ‘Dream Come Through’

Published 10/01/2023, 10:45 AM EDT

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Jamaican sprinting champion Shericka Jackson hungers for victory every time she steps onto the track. She had been having a dream run all through the 2023 season and capped it with a remarkable double gold at the Prefontaine Classics. But what fuels this undying flame for track and field glory in Shericka Jackson? Jackson and Sha’Carri Richardson were engaged in a heated contest all year long on the tracks. When the duo faced each other off at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, the scalding rivalry between them reached its peak.

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Sha’Carri Richardson defeated the Jamaican legend in the 100-meter final. Following the first loss, Jackson did not hold back and proved her prowess at the following races on the track. Many thought that her incredible performance in Eugene was the result of the rivalry. But that wasn’t the only thing that drove her as Shericka Jackson unveiled another heartwarming source of her motivation.

Shericka Jackson finds motivation in young, doting fans


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Shericka Jackson recently visited her alma mater, Vere Technical High School, in Hayes, Jamaica. She wanted to mingle with the young students and stoke their ambitions. She did not expect that she would find such unwavering support from the children. The 29-year-old sprinting ace posed for pictures with the students and had a heart-to-heart conversation with them.

She uploaded many pictures from the school visit and wrote an emotional caption that read, “On my arrival at Vere Technical High School, I met these two nice student. They were so excited and that’s made me so happy and excited too”. The two girls gave Jackson two handwritten letters each where they had bared their genuine feelings for the track and field icon.


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Shericka Jackson mentioned the touching letters and wrote, “I read them when I got home and got so emotional because I could feel every word they wrote. This made my whole trip to Vere Technical High School”. The two girls had professed their love for her and called her the “most beautiful girl/woman”. While Jackson gushed over the two letters, the internet went into a frenzy to congratulate her for inspiring the next generation.

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Fans erupt in joy at Shericka Jackson’s inspirational alma mater visit

Shericka Jackson’s loyal fans showed a lot of love to the post in the comment section. They highlighted the track and field’s good work as an idol and showed their gratitude to her. One fan went back to her past to relate her feelings upon meeting someone special, commenting, “I can feel the joy through this pic, I remember when I was in school and an important person would come to visit, it was like a dream come through.” Another one thanked Shericka Jackson for her pioneering role, writing, “Inspiring a whole nation my trackstar”.

Next, another fan blessed her hard work, stating, “God bless you shericka Jackson!!! I am praying for you and I very proud of you keep up the great work you are doing!!!; your a champion”. One fan highlighted her universal appeal, remarking, “Amen…we all are #1 fans…hope all the best to Shericka Jackson and all…”. Lastly, one fan commented on her natural good looks, saying, “Beautiful Bright Smile Leading By Example Shericka You’re A Phenomenal Woman Athlete”.


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Shericka Jackson is undoubtedly a sensational track and field superstar. She also takes her position as a role model very seriously. The Jamaican icon is always looking for opportunities to assert her dominance in the athletic world. She is gearing up for the 2024 Paris Olympics in order to solidify her status in track and field.

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Written by:

Anchal Ahuja


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Anchal Ahuja is a sports author for Essentially Sports. She is a skilled writer who has a vast knowledge of different sports and is now delved into the US Sports Arena. Anchal has chased her dream and followed her passion to become a pro writer.
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Brandon Gabriel