“Always Talking”- Usain Bolt Claims Sha’Carri Richardson Reminds Him of Justin Gatlin Rivalry

Published 09/17/2021, 12:52 PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)


Like every sport, track and field sport has seen intense rivalries between players and countries. Olympic legend Usain Bolt, the GOAT of sprinting, has also been involved in the rivalries.

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In the new generation of sprinters, American star Sha’Carri Richardson has a knack for finding herself in the headlines. The on and off-field rivalry between Sha’Carri and the Jamaican trio, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, and Shericka Jackson has been eye-catching. Watching their rivalry gave Bolt déjà vu from his time.

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Usain Bolt vs Justin Gatlin

World’s two sprinting legends Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin both started their Olympic journey in 2004. While Justin rose to fame in 2004 only, Usain had a setback at his maiden Olympics. However, going forward, Usain Bolt triumphed and became the ultimate GOAT of sprinting with 8 Olympic medals and two world records.

During their career, Gatlin and Bolt used to be each other’s toughest competition on the field. In conversation with NY Post, Bolt opened about the women’s track and field rivalry. Bolt said that Gatlin used to talk the same way Sha’Carri does, and it used to fuel him to perform even better.

“That was my thing with Justin Gatlin — because he’s the one that was always talking — so that gives me that energy like, ‘All right you think you’re gonna win let’s go!’ So it does give you that extra boost to wanna beat that person.” 

According to Bolt, Richardsons’ trash talk against Jamaican women, Shelly-Ann and Elaine benefits them. As it fuels them up and gives them the extra push to win.

Athletes use rivalries to push their limits

Usain Bolt  used his rivalry against Gatlin positively to make sure he won. The Americans and Jamaicans have always been in intense on-field rivalry, as they have produced some of the world’s top sprinters.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after he wins gold during the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Taking forward the legacy of Usain Bolt, Elaine Thompson-Herah produced an amazing performance this year. Elaine came close to breaking a world record that was set back in 1988, a record no woman has ever come this close to.

Notably, her biggest competitor this season was her own fellow Jamaican, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce. Jamaican sprinting legend gave Elaine a neck-to-neck fight on the field even after being in her 30s. The two women have been using their on-field rivalry to reach new heights.

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The athletics season is almost over this year. Hopefully, Sha’Carri will use her rivalry with the Jamaican trio positively to perform at her best next year.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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