In Pictures: Rare Image of Sha’Carri Richardson’s Second Mother Breaking Down Into Tears at World Athletics Championship 2023 Goes Viral

Published 09/08/2023, 9:27 PM EDT

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In track and field, 2023 will go down in history as the year when Sha’Carri Richardson clinched the World Champion title in the 100 meters. This win held profound significance, marking her resurgence after a challenging period. Just a year prior to this remarkable achievement, Richardson found herself suspended from competition, her dreams seemingly shattered. Tragically, Richardson’s mother, Shayla Richardson, passed away on April 12, 2021, just days before the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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During an interview with Today, Richardson revealed that she turned to a substance to cope with the overwhelming grief following her mother’s passing, stating, “I was going through a lot. My family was going through a lot. I was the only one holding it together. My mom died, and I didn’t have time to process it.”  She acknowledged the situation, remarking, “I know I’m not perfect, but I’m trying to do the best I can.” Fast forward almost a month since her momentous win at Budapest in 2023, and Richardson has shared a rare and touching image on her Instagram story of her second mom.

Sha’Carri Richardson shares her second mother’s rare image

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In a recent Instagram story, Richardson shared a wholesome picture with her 2.8 million followers. The image was taken after Richardson’s blazing performance at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. In the photo, Richardson stands beside a beloved family member whom she affectionately refers to as her “second mom.” The moment captures the essence of her victory, as Richardson lovingly places her hard-earned gold medal around her second mom’s neck.

The image shows the deep bond between them, with her second mom overwhelmed by tears of joy. Richardson accompanies the image with a heartwarming caption, simply stating, “Momma and Grandma Baby.” This moment came after her blazing performance on the track in Budapest.

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The 23-year-old  sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson truly defied the odds in Budapest, where she set a championship record with her incredible time of 10.65 seconds in the 100 meters. Her triumph was made even sweeter by the presence of fierce competitors.

Her contenders included Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson who clocked 10.72 seconds and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with 10.77 seconds, who clinched the silver and bronze medals, respectively. The race showcased the talents of four of the world’s eight fastest sprinters, including Marie-Josée Ta Lou, who finished fourth.

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Richardson has now ascended to become one of the world’s top sprinters and is poised as a strong contender for the gold at the 2024 Summer Olympics which fans highly anticipate. Will she be able to bring home an Olympic medal? Comment below!

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Christaline Meyers

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Christaline Meyers is a pro-writer for Essentially Sports. Having contributed to movies and web series, Christaline delved into sports journalism and like the puck on the ice, has been a force to be reckoned with in the US sports arena. Her experience in writing about the latest WSL event, the recent track and field record, and creative gymnastics routines, found her digging deeper into the minds of legends like Kelly Slater, Usain Bolt, and Simone Biles.
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