Shanieka RICKETTS

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Jamaica Jamaica
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    02 FEB 1992
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    264261

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 12.24 NWI Kingston (JAM) 11 FEB 2017
200 Metres 25.09 +1.4 Tempe, AZ (USA) 14 APR 2012
400 Metres 55.38 San Diego, CA (USA) 29 MAR 2013
High Jump 1.75 Kingston (JAM) 13 FEB 2010
Long Jump 6.63 +0.6 Kingston (JAM) 28 FEB 2015
Triple Jump 14.61 +0.8 London (GBR) 15 JUL 2018
4x100 Metres Relay 45.14 Laramie, WY (USA) 17 MAY 2014
4x400 Metres Relay 3:35.41 Las Vegas (USA) 11 MAY 2013

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
60 Metres 7.99 Air Force Academy (USA) 28 JAN 2012
400 Metres 55.67 Nampa, ID (USA) 23 FEB 2013
High Jump 1.70 Albuquerque, NM (USA) 26 FEB 2011
Long Jump 6.04 Nampa, ID (USA) 21 JAN 2012
Triple Jump 14.08 Albuquerque, NM (USA) 08 FEB 2013
4x400 Metres Relay 3:42.11 Nampa, ID (USA) 23 FEB 2013

Legend

* Not legal.

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Triple Jump 14.61 +0.8 London (GBR) 15 JUL 2018

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Triple Jump 13.93 Birmingham (GBR) 03 MAR 2018

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2017 12.24 NWI Kingston (JAM) 11 FEB 2017

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2012 25.09 +1.4 Tempe, AZ (USA) 14 APR 2012

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013 55.38 San Diego, CA (USA) 29 MAR 2013
2012 55.44 Air Force Academy (USA) 12 MAY 2012

Outdoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2010 1.75 Kingston (JAM) 13 FEB 2010
2009 1.70 Vieux-Fort (LCA) 10 APR 2009

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2016 6.00 +1.1 Kingston (JAM) 27 FEB 2016
2015 6.63 +0.6 Kingston (JAM) 28 FEB 2015
2014 6.06 +0.5 San Diego, CA (USA) 04 APR 2014
2013 6.06 +1.7 Las Vegas (USA) 10 MAY 2013
2012 5.81 +1.6 Walnut (USA) 20 APR 2012
2011 5.75 -0.8 Fort Collins, CO (USA) 13 MAY 2011
2010 5.37 Kingston (JAM) 09 JAN 2010

Outdoor

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2018 14.61 +0.8 London (GBR) 15 JUL 2018
2017 14.45 +0.2 Zagreb (CRO) 29 AUG 2017
2016 14.57 -1.1 Kingston (JAM) 02 APR 2016
2015 14.23 +1.3 San José (CRC) 07 AUG 2015
2014 14.00 +1.9 Eugene, OR (USA) 13 JUN 2014
2013 14.15 +1.8 Las Vegas (USA) 11 MAY 2013
2012 13.64 -0.4 Kingston (JAM) 01 JUL 2012
2011 12.90 0.0 Walnut (USA) 15 APR 2011
2010 12.29 -0.1 Kingston (JAM) 24 MAR 2010

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2014 45.14 Laramie, WY (USA) 17 MAY 2014
2013 47.47 Las Vegas (USA) 11 MAY 2013
2012 47.71 Tempe, AZ (USA) 14 APR 2012
2011 46.05 La Jolla, CA (USA) 23 APR 2011

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2014 3:47.47 Laramie, WY (USA) 17 MAY 2014
2013 3:35.41 Las Vegas (USA) 11 MAY 2013
2012 3:45.96 Air Force Academy (USA) 12 MAY 2012

Indoor

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011/12 7.99 Air Force Academy (USA) 28 JAN 2012

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012/13 55.67 Nampa, ID (USA) 23 FEB 2013

Indoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2010/11 1.70 Albuquerque, NM (USA) 26 FEB 2011

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2013/14 5.95 Air Force Academy (USA) 28 FEB 2014
2012/13 5.62 Albuquerque, NM (USA) 01 FEB 2013
2011/12 6.04 Nampa, ID (USA) 21 JAN 2012

Indoor

Triple Jump

Performance Place Date
2017/18 13.93 Birmingham (GBR) 03 MAR 2018
2015/16 13.95 Portland, OR (USA) 19 MAR 2016
2013/14 13.97 Albuquerque, NM (USA) 15 MAR 2014
2012/13 14.08 Albuquerque, NM (USA) 08 FEB 2013
2011/12 13.34 Albuquerque, NM (USA) 10 FEB 2012
2010/11 12.98 College Station, TX (USA) 12 MAR 2011

Indoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2012/13 3:42.11 Nampa, ID (USA) 23 FEB 2013

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
8. Triple Jump 14.13 +0.3 London (GBR) 07 AUG 2017

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
8. Triple Jump 13.95 Portland, OR (USA) 19 MAR 2016

Honours - NACAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.25 -0.9 Toronto (CAN) 12 AUG 2018
1. Triple Jump 14.23 +1.3 San José (CRC) 07 AUG 2015

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 14.52 +1.0 Gold Coast (AUS) 10 APR 2018
4. Triple Jump 13.85 +2.8 Glasgow (GBR) 29 JUL 2014

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.39 +0.6 Kingston (JAM) 24 JUN 2018

Honours - NCAA Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 14.00 +1.9 Eugene, OR (USA) 13 JUN 2014
1. Triple Jump 14.14 +1.9 Eugene, OR (USA) 07 JUN 2013
Results in:

Triple Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
06 JAN 2018 Kingston Ted Dwyer Classic JAMJAM F F 1. 14.49 0.0
03 FEB 2018 Kingston Grace Puma Youngster Goldsmith JAMJAM F F 1. 14.37 +1.4
10 FEB 2018 Kingston King of the Ring JAMJAM F F 14.02 +0.9
10 FEB 2018 Kingston King of the Ring JAMJAM F F 1. 14.16 +2.2
10 MAR 2018 Kingston GC Foster Classis JAMJAM F F 1. 14.16 +1.5
10 APR 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games AUSAUS A F 2. 14.52 +1.0
12 MAY 2018 Shanghai IAAF Diamond League CHNCHN GW F 2. 14.55 0.0
07 JUN 2018 Oslo Bislett Games NORNOR GW F 4. 14.44 +1.8
09 JUN 2018 Kingston JN Racers Grand Prix JAMJAM E F 1. 14.39 +0.7
24 JUN 2018 Kingston Jamaican Ch. JAMJAM B F 1. 14.39 +0.6
30 JUN 2018 Paris Meeting FRAFRA GW F 5. 14.38 +1.5
15 JUL 2018 London Athletics World Cup GBRGBR E F 1. 14.61 +0.8
12 AUG 2018 Toronto NACAC Championships CANCAN GL F 1. 14.25 -0.9
30 AUG 2018 Zürich Weltklasse SUISUI DF F 2. 14.55 -0.8

Triple Jump Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
03 MAR 2018 Birmingham IAAF World Indoor Championships GBRGBR GW F 10. 13.93

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Compiled 25 July 2016

 

Shanieka THOMAS, Jamaica     (Triple Jump/Long Jump)

 

Born 2 February 1992

182cm, 65kg

Coach: Kerry-Lee Ricketts (Jamaica)

Agent: Norman Peart

 

Shanieka Thomas is among the world's top ten triple jumpers for 2016, but she is far from where she thinks her talent is capable of taking her. She has already jumped 14.57 metres, but is confident that with technical improvements she will be able to do even better.

Thomas was born in Morant Bay, St. Thomas which is at the eastern end of the island and not known for producing many sporting stars. She showed early potential as a middle distance runner and was recruited to join Vere Technical High school, located in central Jamaica and which has produced a plethora of World and Olympic medallists.

But as an 11 year old she was too young to compete in the 800 and 1500 metres at the premier (10-18) competition, the ISSA Boys and Girl's Athletics Championships and so she was shifted to the high jump. She won the high jump for her age group (11-13) in 2005, her only gold medal at the prestigious event.

She never did go back to the middle distance though, contesting the high jump and "occasionally the long jump in 2006."

But by 2007, Vere, a perennial contender for the Girl's CHAMPS title, needed another triple jumper and Shanieka fit the bill.

"We had Kim (Kimberly Williams), she was doing really well, she always won, she had the record for years, so she was basically teaching me how to do the triple jump. My first track meet I jumped 11.77, so they saw potential so I just continued doing that and the high jump."

That potential also translated to the regional scene. She won her first regional title, Caribbean Free Trade Association, CARIFTA Games in 2008, leaping 11.83m to take triple jump gold.

She never competed at a World U18 or World U20 Championship but at the regional level her best results came in the triple.

However, she still was not convinced it was the event for her. "In high school I still loved high jump, I thought triple jump was just for fun and I approached it that way." But eventually she caved in to the idea.

"When I went to college, it was my second year when I started focusing solely on the triple jump, because I was improving drastically by a metre each year and it was less stressful on my body, because I had patellar tendonitis and for some reason it gave me more problems when I did the high jump."

Incidentally, it was while trying to treat her injury that she met her husband to be and now coach, Kerry-Lee Ricketts. "A teacher from Vere Technical asked me to come and see him at UWI because I had patellar tendinitis and she knew him as a physiotherapist, so she recommended me to come see him and see if he could work out what was wrong."

She admits he did a good job. He admits that he also tried to get her to remain in Jamaica, but she was set on jetting off to San Diego State University, where she won three NCAA Division one titles, two outdoors and one Indoors.

She admits however that winning even one NCAA title never crossed her mind when she entered the institution. "I went there jumping 12.36 metres, and the girls who were winning were jumping like 14m, so in my first year I just wanted to get to 13 metres so it seemed so far, to think about winning."

But under coach Carjay Lyles she continued to improve over the next two seasons; 13.64m in 2012 and 14.15m in 2013 when she won her first NCAA title. However, Lyles left San Diego for Missouri in 2014, when she worked with Shelia Burrell. She didn’t improve on distance that year, but she continued to perform well.

That year she won the NCAA Indoors and Outdoors and made her first senior Jamaican team, finishing fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland; a creditable performance, but one she was far from pleased with. "I wanted to do better than fourth, because I jumped 13.85 and I felt like I could have jumped way better than that."

She might have done better had it not been for a hamstring injury she says hampered her for both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. "I still have some hamstring problems right now," she explained, emphasising her continuous struggle with the problem.

At the end of 2014 she had a tough decision to make. She had to decide whether to stay in the United States or return to Jamaica. Home, the land of wood and water, got the nod. “At first I thought about staying in the States and working with coach Carjay, but the thing is he left San Diego and was in Missouri, but Missouri is cold and I don’t do cold,” she said with a chuckle, so she decided to come back to Jamaica.

Her decision was probably made easier by the fact that she was coming home to her fiancé, who would also be charged with the responsibility of coaching her. She remained adamant though that her decision to come back was based more on his expertise as a coach rather than the fact that she was in love. “We have some good field events coaches, but they don’t get as much talent to work with, so it’s difficult to show that yes, I am a good coach, if I am not getting talent to work with.”

She referenced Julian Robinson, coach of 2011 IAAF World U18 and 2012 World U20 discus throw champion Fedrick Dacres and her coach, who she said was doing a great job with her, as examples.

So far it seems she made a very good decision. In her first year back, Ricketts guided her to the World Championship final in 2015. This followed a gold medal performance at the NACAC Championship in San José, Costa Rica.

Things got even better in 2016. She leapt 14.57 metres in April – a world leading mark at the time –and also registered her first top three finish at a Diamond League when she ended third in Rome in June.

She has also qualified for her first Olympic Games after a second place finish at the Jamaican Championship.

Despite all those accomplishments on the track, the thing that gave her most joy was her marriage to coach Ricketts. Their wedding came in June. Yes June, in the middle of the track and field season.

“We originally planned for December 17 2015, but only his mom and dad live here and we were trying to get as many family members as possible, but a lot of people couldn’t get off work and some of the kids wouldn’t be able to leave, so we had to find a date that would work best for everybody and it just happened to be June 18,” she explained with a broad grin on her face.

Her husband and coach admitted that there are challenges with the husband-coach-athlete relationship. “There are times when I have to make her know this is not the husband part, this is the coach part and there are times when I don’t know when to shut down from being a coach and it’s probably a relaxed mood and she doesn’t want to hear about triple jump all the time, but apart from that we always work things out.”

Now with the knot tied and her ticket to Rio booked, the focus is on raising her level and becoming the first Jamaican to land an Olympic triple jump medal.

“For this year I am trying to get to 15 metres, I think I – no, I know I will get to it at the Olympics, if I execute everything that I have been working on and get the extension,” a deficiency in her landing phase she thinks is holding her back from much bigger jumps.

Shanieka loves cooking. Her favourite meal is stew peas and rice, which she said she cooks very well and her husband concurred. She said she could cook you grass and you would eat it.

She is also a big fan of sitcoms, as is her husband so they will have little problem with television time.

Eugene Oregon is her favourite place to compete. That shouldn’t be surprising because she won her two outdoor NCAA titles there. She said the vibe there is special as “it doesn’t matter who is competing they still cheer.”

 

Personal Bests

400m-              55.38               (2013)

High Jump-     1.75m              (2010)

Long Jump-     6.63m              (2015)

Triple Jump-    14.57m            (2016)

 

Yearly Progression

High Jump: 2007- 1.71; 2008- -; 2009- -; 2010-1.75

Long Jump: 2013- 6.28w; 2014- 6.06; 2015- 6.63; 2016- 6.00

Triple Jump: 2008- 11.83; 2009- -; 2010- -; 2011- 12,90; 2012- 13.64; 2013- 14.15; 2014- 14.00; 2015-14.23A; 2016-   14.57  

 

Career Highlights

2007                4th        CARIFTA Games (U17) (Providenciales) (high jump)                1.71

2008                1st        CARIFTA Games (U17) (Basseterre)                                       11.83

2009                1st        CARIFTA Games (U20) (Vieux Fort) (high jump)                      1.70

2011                9th        NCAA Indoor Championships (College Station)                       12.98

2012                7th        NCAA Indoor Championships (Nampa)                                   12.99

2012                2nd       NCAA Championships (Des Moines)                                        13.96w

2012                4th        Jamaican Championships (Kingston)                                      13.64

2013                2nd       NCAA Indoor Championships (Fayetteville)                             13.82

2013                1st        NCAA Championship (Eugene)                                               14.14

2013                3rd        Jamaican Championships (Kingston)                                      13.97

2013                6th        World University Games (Kazan)                                            13.53

2014                1st        NCAA Indoor Championship (Albuquerque)                             13.97A

2014                1st        NCAA Championship (Eugene)                                               14.00

2014                2nd       Jamaican Championships (Kingston)                                      13.54

2014                4th        Commonwealth Games (Glasgow)                                         13.85w

2015                2nd       Jamaican Championships (Kingston)                                      13.69

2015                9th        Pan American Games (Toronto)                                             13.74w

2015                1st        NACAC Championship (San José)                                           14.23A

2015                11th      World Championship (Beijing)                                                14.08

2016                2nd       Jamaican Championships (Kingston)                                       14.44

 

Prepared by Ricardo Chambers for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes Project.” Copyright IAAF 2016

 

 

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