Sha’Carri Richardson Shockingly Withdraws From Her Third Race; Season Debut Still on Hold

Published 05/06/2022, 8:45 AM EDT
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – SEPTEMBER 03: Sha’carri Richardson of the United States looks on during the women’s 200m of the Wanda Diamond League Memorial Van Damme at King Baudouin Stadium on September 3, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Jorge Luis Alvarez Pupo/Getty Images)

The track and field fraternity is waiting for Sha’Carri Richardson to make her comeback. Ever since she finished ninth in the 100-meters race, fans have been eager to see her make a comeback. The upcoming Kip Keino Classic in Kenya was the perfect place to kick-start her career. But, her name is not on the list of runners, taking part in the event.

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With the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce competing in the race, Richardson’s name doesn’t appear on the list. She has not explained her reasons for withdrawing from the event. Hence, fans will be wondering what just happened.

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Sha’Carri Richardson withdraws from Kip Keino Classic?

The high-profile showdown between Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Richardson was set to be a classic showdown. Saturday’s Kip Keino Classic World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meet in Nairobi, Kenya is one of the major events this season. Richardson’s name on the list does not appear among the athletes who are participating in it. A tweet mentioned the details of her withdrawal.

“Sha’carri who was originally confirmed as competing at the Kip Keino Classic by meet organisers isn’t on the start lists again. We still get the Christine Mboma vs Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce in the 100m though!!”

This is not the first time she has withdrawn from an event. Similarly, she did not appear for the Texas Relays (March 25-26) and the USATF Bermuda Games (April 9) and did not give her reasons for announcing her withdrawal. On the other hand, she started her last season back in April before the Olympic Games. With the 2022 World Athletics Championships to be held in Oregon, Richardson’s exclusion from these events has been surprising.

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With no comment from her agent Renaldo Nehemiah as well, it remains unclear on her withdrawal from the latest Kip Keino Classic.

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When will she return?

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the sensational young sprinter. Richardson ran 10.72 seconds in the 100-meters, which became the sixth-fastest time in the 100-meters competition. After testing positive for doping, she was banned from taking part in the Olympics. But, with all the hype she had about her comeback, Richardson failed to meet everyone’s expectations and finished ninth in the Prefontaine Classic.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – SEPTEMBER 03: Sha’carri Richardson of the United States looks on during the women’s 200m of the Wanda Diamond League Memorial Van Damme at King Baudouin Stadium on September 3, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Jorge Luis Alvarez Pupo/Getty Images)

With Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking part then, she could not provide great moments in the 2021 track and field season. With all that in mind, she is yet to appear in the competitions this time around. The Kip Keino Classic was a perfect platform to showcase what she is all about. Thus, we will have to wait and see when she will kick-start her 2022 season.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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