Track Fans Left in Disbelief as Justin Gatlin Makes a Huge Reveal on Sha’Carri Richardson

Published 05/19/2022, 9:00 AM EDT

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It’s been a long time since Sha’Carri Richardson made history in the 100-meters competition. She is the sixth-fastest women’s sprinter in the world. Posting a time of 10.72 seconds at the 2021 Miramar Invitational track and field meet, Richardson dominated the track. However, since then, her career has been on a downward spiral. Finishing last in her much-awaited race after her doping ban, Richardson lost the plot in that race with the Jamaican trio.

But, she is young and has a long way to go. Recently, Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin opened up on her undeniable talent and that she ran a “10.3 in practice.” Now, 10.3s is way faster than the world record set by Florence Griffith Joyner in 1988. Thus, this has sent the netizens into a frenzy, with most of them sharing their opinions on social media platforms. 


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Fans react to Sha’Carri Richardson’s blistering 10.3 in training

In a recent interview, Gatlin revealed how close Richardson is to that record. Explaining the natural technique that helps her sprint, Gatlin explained how Richardson set world record times in practice. 

“She comes through, boop, 10.5s, boop, 10.3s, you know I mean. That’s smashing the world record that Flo-Jo put together. So if she is doing it at practice, it is only going to be a moment of time if she puts it together in a track meet, in a real meet. She is breaking the world record,” said Gatlin.


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10.3s is an incredible time because the closest to reach Flo-Jo’s record of 10.49 seconds was Elaine Thompson-Herah, setting a blistering 10.54. Hence, these claims have taken the internet by storm as fans reacted to his claims. Some of the comments are just hilarious!

Is Sha’Carri Richardson the Fastest Woman in the World?

The polarizing Richardson draws opinions from all corners of the world. Despite her sensational talent, she has pulled out of most track events. The 2022 Kip Keino Classic saw Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce win the race by posting a time of 10.67. Notably, Richardson was expected to take part in this meet but failed to show up for the competition. 

Can Sha’Carri Richardson run a 10.3?

Despite setting a sensational time, not appearing in meets has become customary on her part. The 2022 World Athletics Championships come to Oregon, and hopefully, she can raise the roof during that meet.


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Now 22, the World Athletics Championships is the next destination for her to arrive on the track. She is one of the best talents in the world, and this race will be crucial for her to back her hype up. Time is running for her to prove that she is undoubtedly an elite sprinter. Can she finally come off the blocks and win her first major gold medal? Only time will tell.

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Written by:

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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Simar Singh Wadhwa