“I Do Not See Her Winning Champs”: Divided Track World Predicts Sha’Carri Richardson’s 2023 Season

Published 04/10/2023, 5:30 AM EDT

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Sha’Carri Richardson, only 23, has managed to create a name for herself in track and field so far. Her fan base is a unique one. Some fans of her sometimes love to hate her, whereas others support her achievements no matter what. The Dallas-born sprinter who first rose to fame at the NCAA championships had another successful stint at the recent Miramax Invitational. However, it has raised further questions, and fans are now divided on the question of how she might perform at the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

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The young athletics sensation is still just starting and has been mired in several controversies so far, both on and off the field. Will she avoid all distractions and win the championships in Budapest this year? The track and field world answers it based on her performances in recent years.

Sha’Carri Richardson continues to make headlines

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Former American sprinter and gold medalist Michael Johnson recently tweeted about Richardson and Rai Benjamin. This got the fans riled up on both sides to discuss Richardson’s upcoming performance. He wrote, “Super impressive performances by Rai Benjamin 44.21 over 400m no hurdles, and Sha’Carri Richardson 10.57 windy against a quality field. Predictions for what this might mean for each in Budapest World Champs in August?”

Sha’Carri Richardson has barely been out of the news since she qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and then became ineligible to compete due to her cannabis use. Her recent argument inside an American Airlines flight further added to her controversial tag. But of late, the sprinter has been making some good strides forward after she clinched the first spot at Miramar Invitational 2023. Despite that, a large portion of credit has been given to the wind assistance she got.

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For the unversed, Richardson clocked 10.57 seconds to become the 4th fastest woman 100m sprinter. She beat Tee Terey and Natasha Morrison to win the Miramar Invitational. However, the wind seemed to have assisted her in achieving that record. So instead of being impressed, several fans are questioning her.

Fans are on both sides of the coin in predicting her future performance

Here’s how some fans have reacted to Johnson’s tweet, predicting Richardson’s outcome in the upcoming race. The predictions swing wildly on both sides:

Here’s one fan, who simply refuses to believe that these current performances will carry much weight in August.

While another fan genuinely believes Richardson might not go all the way.

But there are others who believe she might pull it off. Like this person who believes fitness and health might be the key to winning.

Whereas this Twitter user believes that the championship pressure might get to her.

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Whether fans love her or love to hate her, one thing is certain – Richardson has managed to put her best step forward every single time. Besides creating a record at the 100m race at Miramar this year, she also had a phenomenal run at the NYC Grand Prix last year, where she finished 200m in a record 22.38 seconds. She might just go all the way in August this year at the World Championships in Budapest. Guess we will have to find out.

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Tanmay Roy

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Tanmay Roy is a sports writer at EssentiallySports specializing in his coverage of the Olympics and other major American sporting events. His passion for sports was ignited by the early achievements of Michael Phelps, Pete Sampras, and John McEnroe. As a writer for EssentiallySports, Tanmay's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks, showcasing his ability to craft engaging and thought-provoking stories.
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