Not Sha’Carri Richardson, but Another American Athlete Aims to End Salty Jamaican Rivalry After Crisp 200m Run at Gala Dei Castelli 2023

Published 09/05/2023, 10:57 AM EDT

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Everyone is like ‘I want to win,’ but I want the experience“—said a 24-year-old American prodigy, who won the 300m race within the fifth-fastest time (36.56) in NCAA indoor history back in 2020. Tamara Clark sprinted to the other side less than 1 second behind the then all-time record of 35.69, set by Merlene Ottey of Nebraska in 1982. Fast forward to 2023, Clark’s athletic prowess has joined forces with the likes of Sha’Carri Richardson and Noah Lyles.

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American sprinting icons, Sha’Carri Richardson and Noah Lyles have been dominating the tracks in the 2023 season—from taking home multiple victories in the World Athletics Championships to sprinting their way to the finish line on the tracks of Zurich. Now, Clark, who earlier represented the University of Alabama, has contributed to the USA’s track domination, emerging victorious on Swiss tracks by leaving her Jamaican counterpart at the 2023 Gala dei Castelli in her wake.

Tamara Clark defeats her Jamaican competition

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Adding to the recent U.S. wins against Jamaica, Tamara Clark took to the track as she squared off against Sashalee Forbes in the women’s 200m event. Forbes had earlier secured a silver medal in Budapest with the Jamaican 4x100m women’s relay team. However, it was Clark who got the better of Forbes, as the American secured the top spot in 22.6 seconds. Her Jamaican counterpart finished second with 22.74, while Italy’s Dalia Kaddari came in third with a time of 22.86.

This win reflects the shift in track domination between the USA and Jamaica. Only a few days ago, Sha’Carri Richardson had defeated not one but two powerful Jamaican athletes as she became the 100m world champion in Budapest. Not only did Richardson defeat the likes of Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, but also ended up setting the championship record time in her world’s debut with 10.65 seconds. This wasn’t all, as she further helped her relay team to get the better of her Jamaican rivals one more time in the competition.

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The power quartet that brought home another gold for USA

The 2023 World Athletics Championships saw Sha’Carri Richardson win gold in the 100m and a bronze medal in the 200m. After Shericka Jackson settled her score with Richardson by winning gold in the women’s 200m, all eyes were on the 4x100m women’s relay. Both teams boasted of an impressive lineup as they took the track to one-up each other in Budapest.

Despite being a close race, Team USA comprising Tamari Davis, Twanisha Terry, Gabby Thomas, and Sha’Carri Richardson, won gold with a championship record time of 41.03 seconds. The Jamaican team finished a close second, with Shericka Jackson stopping the clock in 41.21 seconds while Great Britain secured bronze with 41.97.

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With Tamara Clark’s latest win at the 2023 Gala dei Castelli, all signs point in the direction of a U.S. track domination. With the recent world championships being dominated by the U.S. track teams, fans now eagerly await next year’s Paris Olympics and hope for more amazing results from the U.S. track teams who have the chance to take over the track crown at the biggest sporting spectacle.

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Vaibhav Singh Bisht

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Vaibhav Singh Bisht is a sports writer for Essentially Sports. He holds a Masters's degree in Mass Communication with a specialization in Advertising and Corporate Communication. Vaibhav has experience working in the Public Relations industry previously.
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