Despite Losing Her Season Debut Race Sha’Carri Richardson Tastes Victory at Duval County Challenge

Published 05/22/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women’s 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Sha’Carri Richardson opened the season at the 2022 Duval County Challenge American Track League meeting at the Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. She had a poor start in the women’s 100m and placed out of the podium standings, setting a time of 11.37 with a headwind of 1.5 m/s in the fourth.

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But about an hour after the race, some sprinters doubled back and ran again on a flipped orientation of the track. In this rerun, Richardson redeemed herself and won in 11.27 seconds.

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The 100m women’s rerun

It is unclear why exactly this rerun took place. Originally, the schedule spoke of a prelim race and a final. However, due to weather conditions, only one race took place. In the rerun, not all the athletes from the last heat were present.

Aleia Hobbs, who won the official race, did not take part. The women ran in the rain and Richardson took the lead, even rolling her hands in the air in celebration before the match ended. She clocked in at 11.27 seconds, an improvement on her time just an hour ago.

This development flabbergasted the fans as the unscheduled race raised a lot of questions. Many in attendance claimed the rerun was due to camera problems in the original heat. Some claim that since the track was switched so that men could run with a tailwind, the rerun was to accommodate the same for the women.

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Many fans believe that the rerun was the official final despite Hobbs’ absence, and Richardson holds the title for the match.

Sha’Carri Richardson and the 2022 season

Sha’Carri Richardson had already pulled out of three scheduled meets this season, including her much-anticipated showdown with Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the Kip Keino Classic. Her performance at the American Track League was her season opener. Richardson had not competed since her 2021 match in Italy last September.

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EUGENE, OREGON – AUGUST 21: Sha’Carri Richardson reacts after finishing last in the 100m race during the Wanda Diamond League Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field on August 21, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Justin Gatlin, Richardson’s former training mate, recently claimed that Richardson has been clocking 10.3 seconds’ time in training. Her debut run had the fans wondering if there truly was truth to those claims. But the rerun showed Richardson is nowhere near her peak performance right now, and as the season progresses, we may see her hit better times.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: September 3: Sha’Carri Richardson of the United States warming up before the 200m for women race during the Wanda Diamond League 2021 Memorial Van Damme Athletics competition at King Baudouin Stadium on September 3, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Richardson will run again on June 4 at the Star Athletics Invitational. What do you think we’ll see from the sprinter in the next match?

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Mansi Jain

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Mansi Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi and has also previously interned for HT Media. She is always one mention of Yuzuru Hanyu away from delivering an hour-long speech about the athlete's legacy.

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