Wake-Up Call for Sha’Carri Richardson as Powerful Elaine Thompson-Herah Clocks a Perfect 10.92 Run at Gala Dei Castelli 2023

Published 09/05/2023, 12:46 AM EDT

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American sprinting icon Sha’Carri Richardson has dominated the track and field realm through her impeccable performances in the 2023 season. From standing atop the podium at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest to blazing through the tracks of Zurich, Richardson took home the 100m glory in both events by leaving her Jamaican counterparts in her wake.

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However, Jamaican prodigy Elaine Thompson-Herah made a staunch comeback in the race toward the top by clinching the glory in another Swiss city. After standing on the third spot in the 100m heat in Zurich, Thompson-Herah asserted her dominance on the tracks of Bellinzona, and bagged the 100m victory.

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Elaine Thompson-Herah has just run her season’s best in Bellinzona. While racing at the Gala dei Castelli 2023 in Switzerland, the Jamaican track star clocked a season-best time of 10.92 seconds. This was the first time this season that the Olympian had run under the 11-second mark.

Her latest run in Bellinzona meant that her 10.92 seconds matched this year’s world 11th-fastest time. According to a World-Track report, the Olympic champion stated, “I am happy with my win as I set my season’s best in Zurich last week, and I improved it again. I want to continue this season and run more races.”

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With her latest run, Thompson-Herah ended up defeating Great Britain’s Imani Lansiquot, who came second with her personal best of 10.99 secs. Third place was secured by The Gambia’s Gina Bass, who ran 11.12 seconds.

This latest feat by Thompson-Herah may have sounded alarm bells for Sha’Carri Richardson, who has not faced much competition this year so far in the 100m division. However, that may change soon as the Jamaican track sensation has been slowly coming out of her slump after facing multiple challenges in 2023.

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The reigning Olympic champion has struggled throughout this season with injuries. This has restricted her from participating in a number of events. She also changed her coach just before the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. Thompson-Herah is now being temporarily coached by former MVP Coach, Shanikie Osbourne.

This new change seems to have helped the Jamaican, who is finally starting to find her stride before next year’s Paris Olympics. Only a few days ago in Zurich, she ran her season’s best time in the 100m when she clocked in 11.00 seconds and now, just a few days later, she has set another season best in Bellinzona with her 10.92 seconds.

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As Elaine Thompson-Herah finally looks to get back her form, American track sensation Sha’Carri Richardson may finally have a challenge in her hand in the 100m.

All eyes are now on Paris, where the two-track titans will give their all and fight for the coveted Olympic gold medal. Whatever the outcome will be, track fans are set to witness an epic Olympic showdown in the women’s 100m division.

Watch this story: Sticking with Sha’Carri Richardson During Her Dark Times in 2021, Nike’s Swoosh Carries American Athlete Across Finishing Line in Budapest

 

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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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