“You Talk That Big Talk, You Have to Back It”- Usain Bolt Slams Sha’Carri Richardson

Published 09/17/2021, 12:36 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after competing in the Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay heats during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)


After serving her ban during the Tokyo Olympics, Sha’Carri Richardson is back. The sprinter has competed in different competitions but hasn’t found her rhythm yet. The sprinter made her comeback at the Nike Prefontaine Classic competition but finished last. Moreover, her post-race comments went viral where Richardson shut down her critiques, which left a sour taste for many people. Despite her current slump, the legendary sprinter Usain Bolt gave her some words of encouragement.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Usain Bolt is seen on the grid before the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Usain Bolt advises Sha’Carri Richardson

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The GOAT of track and field spoke encouraged Richardson to focus on her training. “I would tell Sha’Carri to train harder and to be focused and not say too much… If you talk that big talk you have to back it up.”

“So just train hard and focus on that and try to come back do it and then talk about it,” said Bolt.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: September 3: Sha’Carri Richardson of the United States warming up before the 200m for women race during the Wanda Diamond League 2021 Memorial Van Damme Athletics competition at King Baudouin Stadium on September 3, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Hopefully, Bolt’s words will encourage Richardson to come back stronger. She hasn’t quite found her rhythm in her performances since the ban and perhaps extra hours on the track could do the trick.

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Richardson should step up and be counted

Bolt has previously stated that he likes Sha’Carri and the edge she brings with herself to the track. He’s now advising that Richardson should train hard and shut down her haters up with terrific performances. Despite finishing last in Oregon, the sprinter had some encouragement in her performance during the Diamond League Meet where she finished fourth.

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)

Thus, her road to redemption starts now. Whether she takes up Usain Bolt’s advice is up to her. But, Richardson is a talented sprinter and it’ll be interesting to see if she can live up to her 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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