“Stop Posting My Name”- Sha’Carri Richardson Leaves Fans in Splits as She Openly Attacks USATF

Published 06/08/2022, 8:30 AM EDT

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Sha’Carri Richardson is one of those athletes who generally stays in the headlines. After almost a year of not racing professionally, Richardson made her season debut at the 2022 Duval County Challenge. She finished in fourth place with a time of 11.37seconds. But, the race was re-run after an hour in which she finished in first place with a time of 11.27seconds.

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In her second event of the season, the 2022 Prefontaine Classic, Richardson finished second behind Elaine Thompson-Herah, with a time of 10.92seconds. Thus, making the headlines again.

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For her third race of the season, Sha’Carri will be competing at the USATF NYC Grand Prix against Gabby Thomas. While the organizers made the announcement, Richardson was unhappy with one aspect of the same.

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The NYC Grand Prix is a new gold-level stop in the World Athletics’ Continental Tour. In the race, set to take place on June 12, Sha’Carri will be going toe-to-toe against Gabby Thomas and Brianna Williams. The official Twitter page of USATF posted an image with the caption, “Sprint sensation @itskerrii to take on Olympic medalist @ItsGabrielleT at the USATF NYC Grand Prix on Sunday, June 12!” alongside a link to buy the tickets to the event.

Richardson was unhappy with the post as she tweeted, “stop posting my name & image for clickbait.” It sparked a mixed reaction from her fans as it divided them over the sprinter’s opinion on the post.

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While one Twitter user wrote, “Genuine question, how is this clickbait? If it’s a race you’re going to be in and they are selling tickets to that race, in what way is it simply click bait?”

Another user wrote, “How is buying a ticket to see you compete clickbait? Any track meet is going to market itself by advertising the star athletes.” He also wrote he hoped Richardson would get paid for the meet, and it was great to see her running in fantastic form.

Another user tried boosting Sha’Carri’s morale by writing, “you’re doing good, stick with the plan and don’t care about them.”

Richardson is still far from Gatlin’s claims

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Ever since Justin Gatlin made a shocking claim about Sha’Carri clocking 10.5s and 10.3s in training, fans have been waiting to see her deliver the same. Fans were annoyed with her dismal return to track with a time of 11.37seconds as social media was quick to call out Gatlin over his claims.

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However, Richardson made a comeback in her next race, breaking the sub-11second barrier with a time of 10.92seconds. But the young American sprinter is still far from Justin’s claims. She still has to push and improve her time by 0.40 seconds to enter the category Justin puts her in.

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The USATF NYC Grand Prix might be the perfect stage for Richardson to improve her time and even better her personal best time of 10.72seconds.

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa

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