WATCH: Sha’Carri Richardson Shockingly Outpaced to Come Last in Race as Jamaicans Dominate Nike Prefontaine Classic 2021

Published 08/22/2021, 7:59 AM EDT


Despite all the hype and adulation surrounding her, Sha’Carri Richardson got humbled in the 100-meter race at Nike Prefontaine Classic in Oregon. She made her return after her infamous ban before the Tokyo Olympics. But amidst all the publicity, Richardson could not muster up a perfect race. Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson-Herah won the race once again. However, the limelight will be on Sha’Carri after her pre-game antics.

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Sha’Carri Richardson humbled in Oregon

Before the Olympic Games, the World Doping Agency issued a one-month ban after she tested positive for smoking marijuana. Even though she spoke about using it to heal herself after her mother’s death, the committee issued a ban after they classified it as a performance enhancement drug.

Despite all those antics, this was the race that was meant to be; but she failed.

Finishing last amongst the eight competitors, Richardson failed to live up to the expectations and hype. The 21-year-old prodigy went on a rant after the race, stating how she will come back. The American sprinter cannot control her emotions and let herself down with that interview.

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Elaine Thompson-Herah reigns supreme

The hype surrounding Richardson was real; however, there was no doubt who the winner was going to be. Thompson-Herah won the race with just 0.5 seconds shy of the world record set by Florence Griffith Joyner. She finished with a time of 10.54 seconds in the Nike Prefontaine Classic race. Likewise, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished second after clocking a time of 10.73 to take home the silver.

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Whereas Richardson was left way behind.

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)

The athlete clocked the 6th fastest time in the history of women’s 100-meter race during the 2021 Miramar Invitational. Despite all this success, she finished seventh with a time of 11.14. It counts as a step backwards for this talented sprinter, but her post-match antics didn’t help her. Going on a rant never seemed to be the clearest idea, as the pressure is back on her once again.

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One thing she could have done was to be humble. But she chose otherwise. Sha’Carri Richardson learnt a lesson of humility from the Jamaican sprinters to follow your words with actions. Will she ever come back from this? Time will tell.

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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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