Shericka Jackson was dramatically eliminated from the women’s 200-meters after slowing down far too early in her streak.
The sprinter won a bronze in the 100m in a Jamaican one-two-three alongside compatriots Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
She was also urged to challenge the slightly longer format, but slowed down far too much and was subsequently excluded from the competition.
Shericka Jackson (pictured) was significantly knocked out from the 200-meter in the playoff heats
100m bronze medalist Jackson (right) was in a good position but started running towards the end
Former runner Steve Cram told the BBC: “Shericka Jackson was almost just jogging – what is it? Why take such risks?
“I’m sorry for sounding exasperated but I am, on his behalf, on behalf of his coach and his teammates. It is simply not necessary.
Jackson, who was running in lane two, appeared to be comfortably in the top three places of automatic qualifying in the fifth round after entering the straight.
Running down lane two in the fifth inning, she was comfortably in the qualifying slots early on.
The 27-year-old seemed unaware that her opponents were rushing to her right
She was pointed at the line by Italy’s Dalia Kaddari (in blue), who finished third and qualified
However, potentially in an attempt to save energy, the sprinter started running with still a lot of track to go.
Rather than looking to her right to check the positions of her competitors, Jackson seemed to casually ignore their presence and even seemed to lean back as she neared the line.
She was then pushed to the line by Italy’s Dalia Kaddari and failed to establish herself as the fastest loser.
Jamaican sprint coach Stephen Francis explained that Jackson had “misinterpreted” the situation and that his inexperience in the 200m proved to be costly.
“She obviously misread, she paid the price,” he said. André Lowe. “She’s not a senior athlete, she’s a senior athlete in the 400m and a rookie in the 200m. I expected her to do better. She will learn.
Fans took to Twitter to criticize Jackson’s ‘silly’ decision after she was dropped from the 200m
Fans took to Twitter to share their shock at Jackson’s “silly” decision to cross the finish line in Tokyo.
“One of the craziest heat performances of all time from Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson,” said one fan. “The 100m bronze medalist came out after jogging the entire race and slowing down too much at the finish, trying to look relaxed, going from second to fourth in the final meters. Good evening.’
“I don’t know what it was,” said another, while one fan wrote “It’s hard to really understand”.
Other supporters, seeking an explanation for Jackson’s peerless performance, have suggested the Jamaican may be healing an injury.
“Is she hurt, I’m so confused.” She just jogged everything, ”one fan posted on Twitter. Another said: “He must have been injured. it is difficult to explain such a race otherwise ”.