Raven Saunders Backs Sha’Carri Richardson Against Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce After Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/15/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (right) celebrates with Javianne Oliver 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


Sha’Carri Richardson, as many would already know, was left out of the Tokyo Olympics this year. The 100m favorite was serving a one-month ban after testing positive for marijuana following the Track and Field trials held in Eugene, Oregon. 

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Now, she will get a chance to prove herself at Nike’s Prefontaine Classic, in which she will be running alongside Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won gold and silver in the women’s 100m at Tokyo respectively.

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

Richardson can finally show the fans how she would have faired alongside these speedsters and has a lot to prove heading into the race. Fans who backed her amidst the suspension are eager to see her medal in the race, and although the gold medal may be a reach, she is set to give the Jamaicans competition. 

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In a recent post on Twitter, USA’s Raven Saunders, who won silver in Women’s shot put at the Tokyo Olympics, hinted support towards Sha’Carri in the race.

The question has been looming ever since the race lineup was announced- How will Sha’Carri Richardson fare against Shelly-Ann and Elaine Thompson. The Jamaicans have proven themselves time and again on the tracks while Richardson has not been at an Olympic game yet.

Sha’Carri Richardson can, in fact, trouble the Jamaicans

Elaine Thompson-Herah broke the Olympic record with a timing of 10.61 seconds, winning gold in the women’s 100m. She was followed by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at 10.74 seconds and Shericka Jackson at 10.76 seconds. 

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 18: Sha’Carri Richardson reacts after competing in the first round of the Women’s 100 Meters during day one of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 18, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

At the Track and Field trials in Eugene, Oregon, Sha’Carri Richardson registered a timing of 10.72 seconds in the finals. Furthermore, her timing in the semifinals saw her clock 10.64. This could be troubling to the Olympic medallists. 

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The three have never competed together before, but if they do, Shelly-Ann will have to watch her stride. Richardson on the other hand will have to bring her A-game to the Prefontaine Classic. If she does manage to medal, it would be a major statement.

Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (middle) celebrates after defeating Gabby Thomas (left) and Javianne Oliver to win the women’s 100m in 10.86 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Paris 2024 is just three years away and we will surely see Sha’Carri Richardson representing Team USA in the 100m race. Bearing the likeness to FloJo in appearance, she will match her in speed very soon on the tracks. 

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