Jamaican Track Fans Slam the World Athletics Championships for Disrespecting Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson for US Star Abby Steiner: “Never Seen Our Athletes Get Disrespected This Much”

Published 07/10/2022, 10:00 AM EDT
Athletics – Diamond League – Lausanne – Lausanne, Switzerland – August 26, 2021 Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates winning the women’s 100m final as Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah looks dejected after finishing second REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

The 2022 World Athletics Championships start July 15 and will feature some tremendous match-ups of track and field athletes around the world. Originally, the championships were scheduled for the 2021 season, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to a postponement. We will see top stars like Elaine Thompson-Herah and Erriyon Knighton on the track.

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The final entry lists confirm that more than 1900 athletes from 192 teams will take part in the competition. Among them, 37 are looking to defend their titles from the 2019 edition of the championships.

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The women’s 200m will be a fierce competition

At the 2022 World Championships, the 200m women’s event is attracting a lot of attention. Reigning champion Dina Asher-Smith will be looking to retain her title, competing against current world-lead Shericka Jackson. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 100m – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Gold medallist, Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask on the podium poses with silver medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask and bronze medallist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Also featured in the race is the second-fastest ever in the discipline Elaine-Thompson Herah. Unfortunately, Gabby Thomas will miss out on the championships because of a hamstring injury. And Sha’Carri Richardson failed to qualify for the event. Besides, other notable athletes in the event include the Olympic silver medalist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Abby Steiner, who holds the second-best time this season.

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With three of Jamaica’s top sprinters competing in the discipline, fans are hoping to see a Jamaican sweep at the event with all podium places filled by the team. However, the fierce competition isn’t the only reason this event is attracting eyeballs.

Jamaican fans enraged for Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah

For promotion, the World Athletics Twitter account came out with posters featuring the top contenders for every event. The women’s 200m race highlights Shericka Jackson, Abby Steiner, and Elaine Thomson-Herah, edited in that order.

But comparing personal best times, Thompson-Herah (21.53), or Shericka Jackson (21.55), were edged out to provide center stage for Abby Steiner (21.77). The fans of the two Jamaican athletes felt incredibly offended by this decision.

Many defended that it was an “aesthetic decision” more than anything else. But the fans weren’t having it.

 

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The fans didn’t appreciate the way the poster represented Jamaican athletes. Even Michael Johnson got involved, trying to appease the crowd.

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What do you make of the fans reacting to this matter? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mansi Jain

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Mansi Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi and has also previously interned for HT Media. She is always one mention of Yuzuru Hanyu away from delivering an hour-long speech about the athlete's legacy.

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