Four-time USA Outdoor champion - 2003 (49.01); 2008 (48.17); 2009 (48.03); 2010 (47.32)
Two-time USA Indoor 400m champion - 2005 (46.05); 2010 (45.41)
2011 USA Outdoor runner-up (47.93)
2013 USA Outdoor bronze medalist (48.09)
2002 USA Junior champion (50.33)
2005 World Outdoor Championships gold medalist (47.30)
2011 World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (2:59.31)
2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist (48.06)
2009 World Outdoor Championships bronze medalist (48.23)
2010 World Indoor Championships 4x400m relay gold medalist (3:03.40)
2002 World Junior 400m hurdles bronze medalist (50.00) and 4x400m gold medalist
Awards and honors
2010 IAAF Diamond League champion
2010 Visa Outdoor champion
Bershawn “Batman” Jackson Born and raised in Miami, FL grew up like most kids playing different sports through the park and recreation programs. Not until later in his teen years did Bershawn join a Track and Field program, that sparked his love for the sport and gave him the nickname “Batman”. Track provided Bershawn with many outlets to help cultivate his career. track afforded him the opportunity to leave the only city he has ever known and a scholarship to continue is education and love for Track.
Bershawn planned to be part of the University of South Carolina track powerhouse, but he later joined Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC where he would began to set not only school records and earn All-American honors but also break records at every facility he stepped foot on and still holds many of those records to this day. Bershawn competed one full collegiate year at Saint Augustine’s University before becoming a professional athlete for Nike.
In 2005 Bershawn won gold in the 400m hurdles at the World Outdoor Championships. His 12 worldwide wins will later secure the world #1 ranking from track and field news for that year. In 2008 Bershawn went on to the Beijing Olympics where he won the bronze medal, completing an American sweep in the 400m hurdles. In 2010 Bershawn turned in one of his better seasons as a professional, winning the inaugural IAAF Diamond League championship, the Visa Outdoor championship and recorded the fastest time in the world.
As a professional athlete for Nike, Bershawn became a six- time USA National Champion which Tied him with the legendary Edwin Moses for the most wins ever. He’s been among the top three in the world on the IAAF performance list six of the eight seasons. He has been ranked among the top 10 in the world in the men’s 400m hurdles by Track & Field News each year since 2003.
For years while still competing as a professional athlete Bershawn would volunteer his services with different youth programs, and at Saint Augustine’s University. Bershawn felt he had more to give the sport of Track and Field so In 2015 Bershawn and his wife Shannon Jackson founded the youth Track and field program Run U Xpress in Raleigh, NC, Starting with their own children Shawnti Jackson, Shari Jackson and Bershawn Jackson Jr. Through Run U Xpress Bershawn has produced world records, All- Americans, youth age group records, and countless National Champions.
After officially retiring from Track and field in 2017 Bershawn felt that he still had more to offer the sport of Track and field and found himself volunteering his services yet again at local schools such as Wakefield Middle school, Cardinal Gibbons High School, and Wakefield High school. Still insisting that he had more to do in the sport Bershawn became a Track and Field agent to advocate for future stars. In 2022 Bershawn realized his true calling and accepted the Head coaching role for the Men’s track and field program at his Alma mater Saint Augustine’s University.