What is Sha’Carri Richardson Doing Now?

Published 01/04/2022, 11:34 AM EST
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: September 3: Sha’Carri Richardson of the United States warming up before the 200m for women race during the Wanda Diamond League 2021 Memorial Van Damme Athletics competition at King Baudouin Stadium on September 3, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


After a tough 2021, Sha’Carri Richardson would hope to have a better 2022 athletic season. Despite facing a lot of controversies, she managed to put the sixth-fastest time in the women’s 100-meters.

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Although she qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a failed doping test crushed her Olympic dreams. From there, things have gone down south for the talented sprinter. Nevertheless, she is currently honing her craft, preparing herself for 2022.

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Can she dominate 2022?

Back to the grid, in a recent video, Richardson was seen practicing her acceleration, starts, and sprinting. Certainly, she hopes to get back to her best shape ahead of the 2022 World Athletics Championship. However, with the Jamaican trio of Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson beside her, winning there might not be a straightforward task after all.

Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (right) celebrates with Javianne Oliver after winning the women’s 100m in 10.86 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Understandably, the sudden passing away of her mother affected Sha’Carri massively. Adding to her misery, she was forced to withdraw from the competitions after testing positive for using a banned substance. Despite putting on a fantastic time during the US trials, she lost her Olympic berth.

“I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do and what I’m allowed not to do, and I still made that decision. But I’m not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my face,” said Richardson.

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Sha’Carri Richardson’s tough year

Soon after though, she came back in her bossy attire and hologram glasses, with a press conference that will not be forgotten, Richardson’s hype is something the athletics fraternity did not see before. But, she finished the race in ninth place, coming last out of all competitors. Hence, the fight for a comeback continues.

Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (middle) celebrates after defeating Gabby Thomas (left) and Javianne Oliver to win the women’s 100m in 10.86 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Her rise to stardom is significant, but will certainly remain incomplete without a medal. After being showered with tons of criticisms in 2021, can Richardson put the past behind and script a much better future?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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