Fans Continue to Voice Against Sha’Carri Richardson for Tweet Ahead of Tokyo Olympics Final

Published 08/02/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
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)


Twitter is arguably one of the most engaging social media platforms available today. And that certainly holds true for the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. With multiple events taking place on a single day, fans and athletes become one on the platform as they share their thoughts and opinions.

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While some of those engagements work, there are some which don’t rub off well with the fans. And American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson finds herself on the latter of this spectrum. While the 21-year-old misses the Games this year, she posted a tweet which did not garner the best of reactions from fans.

Sha’Carri Richardson starts Twitter frenzy a day before the women’s 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics

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Richardson posted several quick times during 2021 in various 100m events. In April this year, Richardson clocked 10.72s in the Miramar Invitational athletics meet held in Florida. Later in the year, the 21-year-old qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by setting a time of 10.86s in the US Olympic trials.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates 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 Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

However, a positive test for marijuana in June forced her to withdraw from the Games. After the Olympic trials, fans across the world marked the American as a favorite the category despite her young age of 21.

It seems she let her success go to her head despite not competing at the Olympics. A day before the women’s 100m final, she sent a tweet asking her fans if they missed her presence in Tokyo. After she faced some negative tweets, she hit back at some of those fans with another tweet.

While some fans lauded her for standing up to them, others took it as a provocation to continue their tirade. With some fans questioning her top billing, others mentioned they would rather block Richardson.

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Richardson congratulated Jamaican sprinters for their dominance in the final

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson dominated the women’s 100m final on Sunday. In between her battle with some fans on Twitter, Richardson congratulated them for their dominance in the final.

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She tweeted, “Congratulations to the ladies of Jamaica for the clean sweep. Powerful, strong black women dominating the sport.”

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While some may argue Richardson was a strong medal contender in Tokyo, fans can only wonder if that was true.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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