“She Was Talking a Lot of Sh**”- Usain Bolt Explains Why Jamaican Fans Hate Sha’Carri Richardson

Published 09/17/2021, 2:08 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 07: Usain Bolt attends Oaks Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)


Sha’Carri Richardson, the young American sprinter, is known for her fiery personality on and off the track. Sha’Carri has been in an on-field rivalry with the Jamaican sprinting trio of Elaine Thompson, Shericka Jackson, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. During the competition between the sprinters, Richardson has made some unsavory comments about the athletes. This has, expectedly, drawn the ire of Jamaican athletic fans. Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt recently opened up about these issues.

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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)

Usain Bolt clears the air

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In a recent interview with New York Post, Usain Bolt spoke about the differences that the Jamaicans had with the controversial sprinter.

“Jamaicans were vexed because she was talking a lot of s–t before the actual race, it is just one of those things. Jamaicans don’t like when people talk s–t about us because we are a very proud people. So if you talk about us we are gonna want you to back it up. It definitely gave those women the extra push [to win.],” said Bolt.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 100m – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Gold medallist, Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask on the podium poses with silver medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask and bronze medallist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Elaine, Shelly-Ann, and Shericka are dominating the track events. The trio clean swept the podium at the 100m race in the Olympics.

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Sha’Carri Richardson should not let criticisms affect her

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Richardson was banned from the Tokyo Olympics by WADA. However, she returned to the Nike Prefontaine Classic competitions in Oregon amidst much fanfare. But, the comeback did not go according to plan as she finished last amongst the competitors.

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Richardson needs to step up her game to back her words as soon as possible. Hopefully, she can come back and fulfill her undoubted potential.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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