Gold medalist Shericka Jackson suffers injury during track and field event as Paris Olympics loom

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Jamaican star runner Shericka Jackson was leading in a women’s 200-meter race in Hungrary on Tuesday when she suddenly pulled up in apparent pain.

The event was being used as a tuneup for the upcoming Olympics. The 2024 Summer Games begin later this month in Paris.

Jackson’s apparent injury marks the latest setback for the Jamaican team, as the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah had already withdrawn from the Games because of an injury.

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Shericka Jackson of Team Jamaica looks on ahead of the Womens 200m Semi-Final during day six of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 at the National Athletics Centre on Aug. 24, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images for World Athletics)

Details on the injury Jackson may have suffered remain unclear.

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Jackson began limping with around 50 meters remaining in the race, but she was able to make it across the finish line without assistance.

St. Lucia’s Julien Alfred ultimately crossed the finish line first, ending the event with her season-best time of 22.16 seconds. Sprinter Lanae-Tava Thomas took third place.

Shericka Jackson celebrates

Shericka Jackson of Team Jamaica celebrates after winning the Women’s 200 Metres Final during the 2024 Diamond League – BAUHAUS-Galan at Olympic Stadium on June 2, 2024 in Stockholm. (Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Jackson earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She then won gold in the 4×100-meter relay during the Tokyo Olympics.

Sha'Carri Richardson and Shericka Jackson compete

From left to right, Singapore’s Veronica Shanti Pereira, USA’s Sha’Carri Richardson and Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson compete in the women’s 200-meter semi-final during the World Athletics Championships at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest on August 24, 2023. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

If she is healthy enough to compete in Paris, Jackson is expected to be the top challenger to American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson in the 100-meter event.

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Richardson will compete in the first Olympic Games of her career after she ran the women’s 100-meter race in 10.71 seconds last month.

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