“I’m Not Playing Nice”- Sha’Carri Richardson Warns Competitors with ‘Cold’ New Hair-Do After Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/18/2021, 2:29 PM EDT


Sha’Carri Richardson stormed down the tracks to win the 100m finals at the Olympic Track and Field trials held in Eugene, Oregon. The 21-year-old caught everyone’s attention with her bright orange hair and long, colored nails, bearing a likeness to Florence Griffith Joyner, an American track and pop culture icon. 

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Florence Joyner, or FloJo, revolutionized the tracks with her speed. With her iconic wardrobe picks, she soon emerged as the star of the show in the 1988 Olympics held in Seoul. There, she won three gold medals, including new world records in the 100m and 200m races. 

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Her Olympics record in the 200m race (21.62 seconds) stood for 33 long years until Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah shattered it with 21.61 seconds at the Tokyo Olympics 200m finals. The gold medallist is heading to Nike’s Prefontaine classic where she will meet the woman hailed as the next FloJo. 

Sha’Carri Richardson has her own similarities to the legendary athlete but has decided to show up with a style of her own. In a recent post on Instagram, she unveiled a completely new hair color, moving the bright orange for white with blue ends. 

This look has already taken social media by storm and fans are more excited for the Prefontaine Classic than ever before. Sha’Carri Richardson was not allowed to compete in the Olympic Games this year after testing positive for Marijuana following her trials. 

Sha’Carri Richardson will get to prove herself against Jamaican Speedsters

This will be her first professional race after the suspension and she is set to prove herself against a lineup comprising of Olympians. Interestingly enough, she will compete alongside Jamaican ace sprinters Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson, who won gold, silver, and bronze in the women’s 100m sprint respectively.

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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

We will finally get to see how she would have lineup up against them. Her timing of `10.74 seconds may not be as fast as Elaine ran in Tokyo, but it can certainly be a number improved on. 

Furthermore, Richardson will also compete in the 200m race at the same event. Prefontaine recently announced that veteran track star Allyson Felix will be joining that lineup so we will get to see Sha’Carri compete against Felix as well. 

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There’s everything to prove for Sha’Carri Richardson at the Prefontaine Classic as the world will be watching, eagerly. 

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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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