“A Moment of Bitterness”- Sha’Carri Richardson Reflects on Her Comeback After Being Excluded From Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/21/2021, 7:43 AM EDT
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 has been showered by the love and adulation of supporters. The American sprinter is on a comeback trail after her recent ban from Japan. Richardson failed the World Anti-Doping Agency drug test after smoking marijuana. They issued the ban in terms of the drug being a performance enhancement. Following her high-profile ban, she is back with a bang and donned an absolutely stunning attire in her press conference before her race at Nike Prefontaine Classic.

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Sha’Carri Richardson opens up about her comeback

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The American sprinter spoke to ‘TODAY’ regarding her comeback and seemed to be thrilled to compete with top sprinters.

“I am feeling excited. I am feeling overjoyed to getting back to do what it is that I love to do.”

“It was a moment of bitterness, but at the same time it was sweet because it just gives me more, it gives me more time, it gives me more to show the world that I am here to stay. It just guarantees that I will be here just a little bit longer in the game but definitely watching it made me want to push forward and grow from there,” said Richardson.

Moreover, the 21-year-old phenomenon spoke about the pressures and expectations that people have. But she remains focused to put in an incredible performance for her fans, and herself.

While she could not compete at Tokyo Olympics, Richardson stole the limelight during the US trials in Oregon. As the Nike Prefontaine classic starts, the sprinter looks to come back with a bang after her ban from athletics.

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Richardson wants to shine in Oregon

They hype surrounding this talented athlete is unreal. After loosing her mother just before the Olympic games, Richardson failed a drug test which kept her out. She smoked marijuana which is classified as a performance enhancement drug by the World Doping Agency.

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However, the sprinter will now go head to head with the current Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah in the upcoming race. Likewise, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson will also compete in the race. She received widespread support from all over the world which contributed to her comeback. The onus is on her to perform and justify the hype behind her undoubted potential.

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

Can she win the much-awaited race? Time will tell.

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But there is no denying that she is one of the biggest stars in the track and field events right now. The ability to sustain pressure and perform well in a major competition speaks volumes about her personality. Richardson has all to prove in the upcoming track events in the USA.

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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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