Justin Gatlin Reveals How He Motivated Sha’Carri Richardson to Keep Pushing After Embarrassing Prefontaine Classic Finish

Published 10/31/2021, 2:49 AM EDT
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)


Sha’Carri Richardson is one of America’s most decorated female athletes. However, she had an embarrassing performance at the Prefontaine Classic and finished last. She received some words of wisdom from famous sprinter Justin Gatlin in an interview.

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While Sha’Carri Richardson is one of the new names in the sport, Gatlin has been around for quite some time now and is one of the most experienced athletes. The legend has earned himself tonnes of medals and appreciation for the same. He won gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics and is the 2005 and 2017 World Champion in the 100 meters.
Given his longevity, he knows a thing or two about setbacks and bouncing back from them. When asked about Sha’Carri Richardson‘s race, Justin Gatlin said, “I told her I told her that you’re going to win some you’re going to lose some it’s all about how you bounce back is that’s what it’s all about and my life and my career has defined that it’s all about how you bounce back you’re going to fall.”
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“Sometimes you’re going to fall flat on your face sometimes you’re going to feel embarrassed about certain things and races but it’s all about staying centered and believing in yourself and coming back and showing the world who you really are,” added Gatlin.
Richardson could not take part in Tokyo 2020 because she tested positive for cannabis.

Sha’Carri Richardson says she is here to stay

Even though she came last, Richardson believes she made a pretty good comeback. The athlete felt pretty confident about her performance.

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“This is one race,” Richardson said.

“I’m not done. You know what I’m capable of. Count me out if you want to. Talk all the sh*t you want. Because I’m here to stay. I’m not done. I’m the sixth fastest woman in this game ever and can’t nobody ever take that from me.”

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Richardson is known for her confidence and loud personality. It will be interesting to see her showing in the upcoming World Athletics Championships, where she will be seen performing on her home ground.

Can she turn things around? Or will we see a repeat of the Prefontaine Classic? Let us know in the comments below.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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