“I’m 1 of 1”- Sha’Carri Richardson Claims She Will Only Accept Flo-Jo Comparisons

Published 11/05/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – AUGUST 21: Sha’Carri Richardson reacts after finishing last in the 100m race during the Wanda Diamond League Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field on August 21, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


It’s no secret that Sha’Carri Richardson is arguably one of the most vocal athletes today. Whether it’s dealing with criticism on her performances or her personal choices, the 21-year-old rarely holds back, using social media as a tool to voice her opinions.

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Earlier today, Richardson made it clear to millions across the world who she deserves to be compared with. That athlete is none other than former American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, who ranks among the best female sprinters of all-time.

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Sha’Carri Richardson will only accept comparisons with Flo-Jo

During her career, Joyner competed in the 100m and 200m categories. In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, she won a silver medal in the 200m race. Four years later, she enjoyed her best appearance at the quadrennial event in Seoul.

She bagged gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events, while winning a silver medal in the 4x400m event. In addition, she also set the world record in the 200m in Seoul months after setting the 100m world record in Indianapolis. Both those world records stand to this day.

Along with incredible pace, Joyner made a reputation for her bold fashion choices. Today, Richardson looks to be the modern-day version of Flo-Jo, in terms of her fashion choices and her on-track performances.

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)

In a story on her Instagram profile, the 21-year-old delivered a short and sweet message to her fans mentioning everyone should only compare her with Flo-Jo. She wrote“I’m 1 of 1. Don’t compare me to nobody. Only love to hear Flo, anybody else getting knocked down for sure.”

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Richardson holds the sixth fastest time in the women’s 100m event

Earlier this year, Richardson ran a stunning time of 10.72s. While it’s her personal best, it’s also the sixth fastest time in the history of the women’s 100m.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson reacts after competing in the Women’s 100 Meter Semi-finals 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 Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Although she missed out on the Tokyo Olympics, she could still set a faster time in the years to come. Whether she can back her words with action on the track and reach her true potential, only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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