“Dismal Return”- Track Fans Call Out Justin Gatlin Claims’ as Sha’Carri Richardson Fails to Snub 11 Seconds in Season Debut

Published 05/22/2022, 10:46 AM EDT

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In 2021, Sha’Carri Richardson dominated the track at the Miramar Invitational Track and Field meet. She made history by becoming the sixth-fastest woman in the world. However, her career has taken on a downward trajectory ever since. Richardson finished last in her much-anticipated race after her doping ban.

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But the young sprinter still has a long way to go. Recently, Olympian and her mentor, Justin Gatlin, made a shocking statement that said she has been achieving world record times like 10.3s in practice.

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Sha’Carri Richardson finished fourth in her comeback race

After withdrawing from races like the Kip Keino Classic, Richardson finally made her 2022 season debut. The 22-year-old made her debut at the Duval Country Challenge Puma event. In her first race since Gatlin’s statement, Sha’Carri started slow and finished fourth with a time of 11.37s.

The Twitter users were brutal with their reactions to Sha’Carri’s comeback:

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10.3s is a ridiculous time because the closest to reaching FloJ0’s time of 10.49s is Elaine Thompson-Herah. The Jamaican set a blistering pace of 10.54s and is currently the fastest woman alive.
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The American, however, has failed to breach the sub-11 second mark on multiple occasions, her last race being the latest example.

Gatlin’s words of motivation after an embarrassing loss

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We all remember the infamous Nike Prefontaine Classic of 2021. In a much-anticipated comeback race for her, Sha’Carri went head to head against the top 3 from the Olympics. What followed next was not what anyone expected. The American sprinter finished last as all three Jamaicans took the podium.

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When asked about Richardson’s race, Justin said he told her that she’s going to win some and she’s going to lose some. It’s all about how she bounces back from her last race. He also told her she’s going to fall sometimes, and she’s going to be embarrassed at certain times. What matters is she stays focused and shows the world who she really is.

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Richardson undeniably has what it takes to beat some of the fastest 100m times. Seeing where she is in her career, there’s plainly nowhere to go but up.

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.
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Deepakshi Chaudhary

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