Controversy Surrounds Sha’Carri Richardson As Wind Speed Raises Doubts About Her World’s Fourth Fastest Time

Published 04/09/2023, 3:51 PM EDT

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Weather conditions often affect the performance of athletes when it comes to outdoor sports. The effect can be both advantageous and disadvantageous, depending on the sport and condition. For example, in track & field events, wind assistance is one such phenomenon. While the wind blowing in the same direction in which the athlete is running can add speed, the wind blowing in the opposite direction can hamper it. Recently, famous American sprinter Sha’carri Richardson lucked out with a tailwind of 4.1m/s.

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However, instead of rejoicing at the athlete’s win, netizens are now questioning her ability. They believe that Richardson was able to clock the phenomenal time only because of the wind. As a result, once again, the track star has found herself in the middle of a controversy.

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Recently, Sha’carri Richardson clinched the first spot at the 2023 Miramar Invitational 2023 leaving behind Tee Tee Terey and Natasha Morrison. Richardson clocked in at 10.57s, becoming the 4th fastest women 100m sprinter. Track & Field Gazette took to Twitter to share the time the three athletes recorded in their respective heats.

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The tweet read, “10.57s!!!😳😳🔥Whatttt?? Sha’Carri Richardson 🇺🇲 stormed to a blistering 10.57s to win the women’s 100m at the Miramar Invitational! The wind was 4.1m/s. TeeTee Terry 🇺🇲 was 2nd in 10.83s while Natasha Morrison 🇯🇲 ran 11.05s in 3rd.” For the official records, Richardson’s timing was recorded after adjusting the wind assistance. Post adjustments, the time was recorded at 10.77s. Even with the adjustments, Richardson continued to stay in the first spot.

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However, the ordeal has left netizens questioning her potential. Some opined they’ll acknowledge Richardson’s talent only when she clocks at the same time without wind assistance. Not long ago Richardson was defeated by Abby Steiner, another reason why netizens are skeptical of her win.

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On 30 March 2023, Sha’carri Richardson participated in the 2023 Texas Relay. She was a part of the USA STARS team, whereas her track rival Abby Steiner was in the USA Gold team. The rivalry between these two track stars is well-known to all American track and field enthusiasts. This makes their races all the more exciting whenever the two are up against one another.

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Though Richardson was able to pull her team to the second spot, she couldn’t surpass Steiner for the first. The individual timings of the Richardson and Steiner were recorded at 10.02s and 9.94s, respectively. The 0.08-second advantage gave Steiner the upper hand over Richardson in this showdown.

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Despite the slight hiccups and scrutiny, Sha’carri Richardson has undoubtedly staged a commendable comeback. What do you think of Richardson’s most recent controversy?

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Aaradhana Singh is a sports writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in American sports. With a background in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aaradhana has honed her craft through years of experience working as an editor and writer for various reputable publications before joining the esteemed team at EssentiallySports. As a sports enthusiast at heart, Aaradhana's passion for the industry is evident in her work.
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