Sha’Carri Richardson to Redeem Herself in Showdown Against Jamaican Shericka Jackson After Disappointing Display

Published 09/01/2021, 10:58 AM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson looks on after 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)


No other athlete carries the weight of expectations like Sha’Carri Richardson. After failing to qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2020, Richardson made a comeback during the Nike Prefontaine Classic race but did not finish the race well. Despite all that, she is back. Back to compete in the Brussels Diamond League, the American sprinter is all set for a showdown against bronze medalist from the 100m race in Tokyo, Shericka Jackson.

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The duel would be an interesting matchup between these two talented athletes.

Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates after winning the women’s 100m in 10.86 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Sha’Carri Richardson is out of form

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The American sprinter could not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after failing a doping test. The World Anti-Doping Agency issued a month-long ban on the athlete which kept her out of Tokyo.

However, she returned in the recent Nike Prefontaine Classic against the top three Jamaicans, and finished last amongst all the competitors. Despite all the pre-race hype, the sprinter could not muster up a good performance. Moreover, she received flak for her conduct after the race. Although she has already broken records in the 100-meter race, Richardson has not peaked yet.

The 21-year-old would be keen to turn it around in the upcoming Diamond League meet in Brussels.

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Richardson vs Jackson in Brussels

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Coming to compete in Brussels, the American sprinter will go head-to-head against Jackson in the 200-meter race in Belgium. However, Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will not compete in the race after withdrawing due to fatigue.

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

Namibian wonder kids Beatrice Masilingi and Christine Mboma, will take part in the race too. The Diamond League competition would probably be the last chance for Richardson to prove what she is all about. Despite setting a good time in the US trails, things have gone south since then for the sprinter.

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She would love to have a good race in Brussels and back her talk about being a superstar. Can she finally win the race and prove herself?

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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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