USA’s Sha’Carri Richardson to Prove Herself Against Jamaican Speedsters After Tokyo Olympics 2020 Snub

Published 08/14/2021, 10:16 PM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women’s 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


Following a setback because of her month-long ban as she tested positive for cannabis, Team USA sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson is all set to make her return to the track to compete against the fearsome Jamaican sprinters.

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Richardson will make a comeback at the upcoming competition, Prefontaine Classic- Diamond League. Confidently, she said, “I’m looking forward to running fast and putting on a show.”

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If she wins or even gets onto the podium, she will have lived up to her word in more ways than one, as the field for the event is stacked, with all three Tokyo Olympics 2020 medalists taking to the track.

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Previous feats and performances of Sha’Carri Richardson

Sha’Carri Richardson is an American track and field sprinter who specializes in the 100m and 200m events. In the year 2019, she rose to fame as a freshman at Louisiana State University as she set the record for the NCAA Championships with a timing of 10.75.

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EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women’s 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021, in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

At the US Olympic Trials, Richardson set a time of 10.86. Given the elite sprinter that she is, one could have expected her to shave off a few milliseconds and set a time closer to her NCAA record sprint in 2019 or her 10.72 PB from April 2021. Had she done so, she may have featured on the podium.

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Interestingly, Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Jamaican storm, set a new Olympic record with a blistering time of 10.61 seconds to defend the title she won in Rio five years ago. Therefore, she became the second-fastest woman in history, elevating herself among the greats in the iconic 100m event. Meanwhile, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.74) won silver and Shericka Jackson (10.76) got the bronze medal.

Now, post the Olympics, Richardson will look to kick-start the journey to Paris 2024 with a strong showing at her comeback. Let’s see if she’s able to beat the heat and make a name for herself again.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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