Olympic Legend Advises Sha’Carri Richardson to Learn From Rivals Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah

Published 09/13/2021, 10:17 AM EDT


American sprinting star Sha’Carri Richardson has been in an intense rivalry with the world’s two fastest women, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. The Jamaican sprinting duo of Shelly-Ann and Elaine Thompson have been dominating the women’s sprinting events.

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Sha’Carri, however, is also the world’s sixth-fastest woman and has age on her side. She might not be performing at her best after her ban, but with her potential, it’s hard to doubt the things she’s capable of. Jamaican sprinting legend Veronica Campbell-Brown also believes she has the potential.

Jamaican legend advises Sha’Carri Richardson to re-focus

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Since her comeback on the field after a shocking ban during the Olympic games, Richardson has failed to win a race. She had a disappointment finishing at the last position in her first race after comeback. In the same race, Jamaican stars Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann won first and second positions, respectively. Notably, Elaine recorded the world’s second-fastest time, ever, of 10.54 seconds.

The Jamaican sprinters have been using their rivalry with each other on the field as a motivation to do better. Olympic gold medalist and retired sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown thinks even Richardson should practice the same. In conversation with Caribbean National Weekly, Veronica praised Sha’Carri and also sent her some advice.

“Sha’Carri is a talented athlete, she is young, energetic, and exciting. But I think if she can just refocus, she will do very well in the sport. I know that Elaine and Shelly-Ann will always give her a good fight and if she uses them as motivation, they can push her to be extraordinary,” said Veronica.

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EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 18: Sha’Carri Richardson reacts after competing in the first round of the Women’s 100 Meters during day one of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 18, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Who is Veronica Campbell?

The 39-year-old Jamaican sprinter started her Olympic journey in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics. In her maiden Olympics, she clinched the silver medal in the 4*100m relay race. At her second Olympic appearance in 2004 won three medals. She became the Olympic champion in the 200m and 4*100m relay races by clinching the gold medals. While she won the bronze medal in the 100m race.

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Veronica competed in her last Olympics at Rio Olympics 2016 and has achieved 8 Olympics medals. The Jamaican icon had also mentioned that she is excited to see how Richardson would perform in the future as she has the ability to win races at terrific speed. The athletics season is almost ending, hopefully, next year will be the year for 21-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson.

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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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