Sha’Carri Richardson Beats Naomi Osaka in Twitter Haul – How Many Followers Did She Gain in 2021?

Published 12/25/2021, 8:30 AM EST
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)


Sha’Carri Richardson might have struggled on the track after her comeback, but she gained a lot of fame in 2021. Despite losing out on the chance for her first Olympic appearance, Richardson has attracted a huge fan base through her personality and capabilities.

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Notably, the young star has also surpassed some huge names in sports. The American athlete defeated tennis icon, and one of the world’s highest-paid women athletes, Naomi Osaka in social media statistics.

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Sha’Carri Richardson above Naomi Osaka by a margin

In the 2021 season, Sha’ Carri had a rivalry with many women athletes in track and field. In fact, she even got into some fiery social media war with Jamaican stars, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah. However, on the track, she failed to surpass them.

Interestingly, she might not be able to outclass her rivals on the track, but she has beaten a popular tennis star, Naomi Osaka in terms of the number of most followers gained on social media. In 2021, Sha’Carri gained way more followers than  Osaka.

The American athlete secured 485,000 new followers, while Osaka gained  396,000 new followers. However, the tennis superstar has more followers in total.

Remarkably, Simone Biles topped the list, with  635,000 new followers followed by young US Open 2021 winner, Emma Raducanu, who attracted 620,000 followers.

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A look back at Sha’Carri’s 2021 season

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21-year-old Sha’Carri had an incredible start as she produced a terrific performance in the US Olympic trials for Tokyo. Sadly, her maiden dreams were shattered when she faced the setback of the ban, forcing her to postpone her outing.

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)

Despite the ban, the young prodigy gained a lot of support from her fans, who were looking forward to watching her in Tokyo. Fans were eagerly waiting for her comeback, but to their surprise, she couldn’t secure the top positions in any race.

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Nevertheless, the American upcoming sprinting star has a lot of potential and years on her side to prove her dominance. Do you think in the 2022 season Sha’Carri Richardson will make her mark in track and field sport? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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