‘You Stand Out’: Usain Bolt Admires Sha’Carri Richardson for Her Personality

Published 09/27/2021, 2:29 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 12: Track star and new Bolt pitchman Usain Bolt looks on during a press conference about the new Bolt Mobility scooter outside of New York City Hall, March 12, 2019 in New York City. Electric scooters are still not street-legal in New York City, but transportation advocates and lobbyists are encouraging the push toward legalization and regulation. Bolt, a Miami-based startup, joins a crowded field of competitors in the United States, including Bird Scooters, Lime Scooters and Lift Scooters. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


Usain Bolt and Sha’Carri Richardson have been engaging in an exchange of comments recently. The legendary sprinter advised Sha’Carri to focus on her performances and her training. After these comments, Sha’Carri sent a message via her Instagram stories which seemed to be directed at Bolt. She allegedly criticized him for speaking about her in the press, but not talking to her directly. Now, Bolt has commented about Sha’Carri again, admiring her personality for ‘standing out’.

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Usain Bolt loves Richardson’s personality

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Richardson has constantly been in the news recently due to her comments off the track and her performances on it. Significantly, Bolt recently spoke about her enigmatic personality.

“Sha’carri has a personality, and that is why people are drawn to her because of her personality and how she is. So if you have a huge personality–because track and field is not the biggest sport in the world, if you have a personality, you stand out,” said Bolt.

Ever since Sha’Carri Richardson failed a doping test before Tokyo, things haven’t gone well for the charismatic sprinter. Her comeback at the Nike Prefontaine Classic Tournament did not end well as she finished last in the 100m race.

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Praise for the Jamaican Trio

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With Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson competing at the highest level, Bolt praised his fellow Jamaican athletes. Notably, he talked about their reserved personalities which might not be the best for their brands, but also their brilliant performances on the track.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – SEPTEMBER 03: Sha’carri Richardson of the United States looks on during the women’s 200m of the Wanda Diamond League Memorial Van Damme at King Baudouin Stadium on September 3, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Jorge Luis Alvarez Pupo/Getty Images)

With these three in mind, he spoke about Richardson positively; offering advice on how she can approach track and field competitions. He wants her to focus on the present rather than the future.

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Hopefully, Sha’Carri can deliver the performances that everyone knows she is capable of next season and stun the athletics world.

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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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