Sha’Carri Richardson Challenges Cheeky Fan to 100m Race, Offers To Triple Annual Salary if They Win

Published 08/23/2021, 11:42 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)


Sha’Carri Richardson was visibly disappointed after her loss at the Nike Prefontaine Classic 2021. The American sprinter, who many had previously compared in likeness to FloJo, placed last in the women’s 100m race, losing out to the Jamaicans by a huge margin. 

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With a shocking timing of 11.14 seconds, Richardson could not five fans the moment they had been waiting for over the last two months. The Jamaicans on the other hand, performed as expected and better. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson ran 10.73 seconds and 10.76 seconds to place second and third respectively while Elaine Thompson-Herah broke the barrier to win gold in 10.54 seconds.

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This timing was just shy of Florence Joyner’s legendary world record of 10.49 seconds. Seeing this, Sha’Carri Richardson was unphased and assured viewers that this was not the last they had seen of her. She also took the time to shut down some overreaching fans on Twitter.

In one such instance, a fan joked that they could run faster than Sha’Carri after seeing her slow performance at Hayward Field. Replying to the tweet, Richardson offered to triple that fan’s annual salary if they could live up to the challenge. 

Sha’Carri Richardson did not seem affected by the loss

After the race, Sha’Carri Richardson did not seem disappointed in her performance at all. 

“This is one race. I’m not done. You know what I’m capable of,” she said. “Count me out if you want to. Talk all the sh** you want. Because I’m here to stay, I’m not done. I’m the sixth fastest woman in this game ever and can’t nobody ever take that from me.”

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In Richardson’s favor, she had not run a professional 100m race for nearly two months. This was a result of her one-month suspension along with the Olympic Games that saw her sit out of the biggest event of the year.

“I wanted to be able to come and perform after having a month off and dealing with all I was dealing with. I’m not upset with myself at all,” she added.

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Sha’Carri Richardson will certainly be back stronger but she will have to swallow the pain of this loss for now. Elaine Thompson-Herah reasserted her dominance over the 100m race and may just see Sha’Carri again at the World Championships next year.

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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