“I Am Not Star-Struck”- Sha’Carri Richardson Confident Against Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah Ahead of 100m Showdown

Published 08/21/2021, 2:49 AM EDT


Sha’Carri Richardson was not allowed to compete at the Tokyo Olympics this year after testing positive in her Marijuana test at the Trials. As America’s biggest hope in the 100m sprint, the general public was outraged by this, and all eyes will follow her when she runs in the Nike Prefontaine Classic. 

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This will be the first race after the suspension and Sha’Carri will lineup up against Jamaican speedsters Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson. These three women were part of the Jamaican clean sweep of the women’s 100m sprint in Tokyo, winning gold, silver, and bronze 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

Facing them, Richardson will have to put everything on the line. This will be a test on how she could have faired against them in Tokyo. At the press conference ahead of the event, however, Richardson seemed calm and ready to bring it all in.

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“I’ve been doing what I was doing before,” she said. “The game situation happened, training, me, my coach…. this is nothing new. We just back on track now.” 

“Training has been going well but regardless of the situation, I have no complaints. My talent has not gone anywhere so just ready to get back on the track.”

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Sha’Carri Richardson was not intimidated by the Jamaican Olympic Champions

Sha’Carri Richardson was in presence of greatness with Shelly-Ann and Elaine Thompson-Herah. The American was respectful of the women and their accomplishments but assured them that she was not phased by them. 

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“Lining up against these women, it’s going to be an amazing race tomorrow. Two of the women sitting here are two of the fastest women to ever do this sport. I’m honored to just be on the stage with them, but I am not star-struck,” Richardson said. 

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Pressure will be mounting as the Nike Prefontaine Classic expects to draw its largest-ever crowd. The Hayward Field stadium has already seen a positive reception from the audience and more will come in for the climax of arguably the biggest storyline in track and field this year.

Only time will tell if the Jamaicans silence the doubt once and for all or if Sha’Carri Richardson gets her FloJo mojo going and does the impossible in the women’s 100m. 

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Luke Dias

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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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