“Talk Less and Work Harder”: Usain Bolt Advises Sha’Carri Richardson to Prove Herself Before Talking

Published 09/27/2021, 2:48 PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)


2021 has been a rough year for American sensation, Sha’Carri Richardson. The track star faced an unprecedented ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and has since made claims of returning to her very best. However, failing to turn those claims into results, success has never seemed further from her reach than now. Notably, she remains at the heart of headlines, this time alongside legendary sprinter, Usain Bolt.

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Following the fiasco, Olympic legend Usain Bolt lent a helping hand to Richardson, who faced the wrath of the media. Hence, the track dominator sent Sha’Carri some words of advice, which, sadly, didn’t sit well with her. Richardson did not seem to appreciate Bolt’s words of wisdom, as she hit back at him indirectly, for not reaching out to her personally.

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Usain Bolt reacts to Sha’Carri’s attack

Making a comeback on the field at the Diamond League’s meet, Sha’Carri faced a setback, finishing in the last position. The world was shocked by her performance, and so was the legendary sprinter, Usain Bolt. Appreciating her potential, Bolt then sent her some advice during an interview. However, Richardson indirectly reacted to his advice on her social media, accusing him of not contacting her personally, but doing so through media.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – MARCH 23: Usain Bolt pauses during a training of Borussia Dortmund on March 23, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

In conversation with DanceHallMag, Bolt talked about why he did not reach out to her. Notably, he put forward a fair argument that he doesn’t know her yet, and has only watched her on the television as a viewer.

Bolt said, “I was just asked a question and I answered to the best of my abilities – you understand. I don’t know her personally. I am just seeing her from television and just saying you know what? Maybe talk less and work harder.”

He further added, “And when you get to that level, then you can probably say ‘alright, I beat them’ and then you can say what you want to say because you have proven that you can do it.”

Sha’Carri Richardson’s 2021 performance

21-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson started off her 2021 season, shocking the world with her dazzling speed. At the US Olympic trials, she won the 100m race, by clocking the extra-ordinary time of 10.72 seconds. With this terrific timing, she also became the world’s sixth-fastest woman in track and field events.

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 Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Hence, ahead of the Summer Olympic Games, she was the favorite to bag a medal for her country. However, she faced a ban just before the mega-quadrennial games and lost her chance to compete. After the ban, she made her most awaited comeback at the Diamonds League meet 2021.

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Richardson faced her Jamaican rivals, Shelly-Ann and Elaine Thompson, who traveled to the tournament on the back of a successful outing in Tokyo. Notably, the 21-year-old failed to make a strong comeback as she finished in the last position, while the Jamaicans claimed victory. She couldn’t reach the top positions at her other matches at the Diamond League, either.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – SEPTEMBER 03: Sha’carri Richardson of the United States looks on during the women’s 200m of the Wanda Diamond League Memorial Van Damme at King Baudouin Stadium on September 3, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Jorge Luis Alvarez Pupo/Getty Images)

The athletics season 2021 is finally ending, after witnessing some feisty rivalries this year. The Jamaicans will aim at breaking American sprinter, Flojo’s record, next year, having missed by a whisker this time around. Will Sha’Carri Richardson step up her game and save the American legend’s world record? Only 2022 will tell.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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