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Kyrie Irving Joins LeBron James’ Wife, Shaquille O’Neal and the Sports World in Giving Flowers to Sha’Carri Richardson’s Greatness with 1 Word

Published 08/22/2023, 11:22 PM EDT

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American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson‘s recent feat is forging an uncanny alliance in the highly competitive and combative athletic world. Richardson’s historic sprint has become a significant sports moment for the USA. With the athlete being crowned champion in the women’s 100 meters category at the 2023 World Athletics Championship, her accomplishment saw many NBA stars coming out of their offseason hibernation to shower her with praises.

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Richardson’s glory saw sports stars join forces as cheerleaders. She was hailed by King LeBron James’ wife, NCAA champion Angel Reese as well as Lakers and Miami icon Shaquille O’Neal. Now Kyrie Irving has joined the applause.

Kyrie Irving gives Sha’Carri Richardson her ‘flowers’


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At the World Athletics Championships held in Budapest this year, Richardson took the stage by storm, racing through the 100-meter final in a jaw-dropping 10.65 seconds – an astonishing victory with which she has surpassed Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 10.70 seconds sprint made in 1988.

Interestingly, the influence of the GOAT, Griffith-Joyner is evident in Richardson’s style and attire on the track. Richardson’s colored hair also keeps changing all the time as it has become a part of her identity!


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Celebrities around the world congratulated Richardson for her recent achievement. Shaq and Savannah James are two names amongst several others who reveled along in her glory. And now, Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving has shared a clip of her accomplishment to his Instagram story with a caption that says more in less, stating, “Flowers.”

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Richardon started slow before overtaking her competitors in 10.65 seconds. She came first by quite a margin as the second-ranked Shericka Jackson finished 0.07 seconds later. She also broke her previous best of 10.72 seconds. After etching her name in women’s 100m history, Richardson was grateful for the competition.

“Brought out the best in myself,” she said.

As one of the brightest upcoming talents in athletics, Richardson has clinched a multitude of accolades and created a name for herself in the track and field arena.

And now with her fresh feat, she has etched her name along with the greats of the game!

What a comeback

Born in Dallas, Texas on 25 March 2000, Sha’Carri Richardson has been a force to be reckoned with following her comeback. Her feats at Miramar International, Doha Diamond League and her record-breaking summer wins simply made her a sensation.


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Richardson’s ability on the track was clear since she was young. Standing at around 5’1″, the sprinter has a unique style. Significantly, her victory in the 100-meter race in AAU Junior Olympics in 2016 elevated her career. The real breakthrough, though, came when she won the 100-meter race at the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships – perhaps something that explains the college basketball star Angel Reese’s recent championing of Richardson.

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Her arrival on the big stage came when she made the sixth-fastest time in women’s 100-meter history. She set a time of 10.72 seconds and incidentally also became the fourth-fastest American sprinter in the nation’s history. Her dream of becoming an international athlete was also fulfilled after she set a time of 10.86 at the United States Olympic Trials.


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Sha’Carri Richardson is a living example showcasing what dreams are made of. A 23-year-old moving past challenges and shattering every barrier is fast becoming an inspiration to many. Basketballers and NBA stars such as Kyrie Irving and Angle Reese are only a couple of the many athletes and fans appreciating the efforts of the legend in the making, whose story has just begun.

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Written by:

Sourav Bose


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Sourav is a detail-oriented NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. His passion for the game of basketball was ignited by none other than the captivating duo of Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr. As he delved into the illustrious history of the NBA, his fascination grew exponentially.
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Sameen Nawathe