WATCH: Sha’Carri Richardson Finally Makes Her Season Debut; Finishes Out of Top Three Positions

Published 05/21/2022, 10:34 PM EDT
GATESHEAD, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Sha’Carri Richardson of the United States competes in the Women’s 100 metres heats during the Mueller Grand Prix Gateshead – 2021 Diamond League meeting at Gateshead International Stadium on May 23, 2021 in Gateshead, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As the 2022 track season started, many fans were looking forward to the US track sensation, Sha’Carri Richardson’s return. The young star, however, made fans wait long before she actually took to the track.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

After withdrawing from races like Kip Keino Classic 2022, Richardson has now officially made her season debut on Saturday.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Sha’Carri Richardson finishes fourth in her season debut

22-year-old Richardson made her official comeback at the 2022 Duval Country Challenge Puma event. Before this event, she had withdrawn from three races, including the one where she was going to clash with arch-rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

In her first race for the season, Richardson had a slow start and finished fourth with a time of 11.37 seconds. While Aleia Hobba clinched the 100m race with 11.28 seconds followed by Brittany Brown (11.30 seconds) and Twanisha Terry (11.34).

Although the timings are nowhere close to Richardson’s personal best, the 1.5 headwind and rain delay of multiple hours can also be a factor for a slow start.

WATCH THIS STORY- 25-Year-Old Katie Ledecky Clocks Her Fastest Time Since 2018 and Sixth Fastest Time of All Time at US World Swimming Trials

Justin Gatlin made a huge reveal on Richardson’s insane abilities

In a recent interview, Justin Gatlin claimed Richardson is insanely clocking 10.3 seconds’ time during her training sessions. Notably, the century-old, women’s 100m world record is held by American legend Florence Griffith Joyner at 10.49 seconds.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

If Sha’Carri can produce 10.3 seconds performance in the live event, she can break the untouched world record this year. After Richardson’s season debut, the next thing to look forward to is her clash with Jamaican rivals (Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce) who have also started their season.

Athletics – JAAA National Senior Championships – National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica – June 25, 2021 Jamaica’s Sherica Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Prycer and Elaine Thompson-Herah in action during the women’s 100 m REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

While Sha’Carri had a slow start in her first race, it’s just the beginning of a long season. It would be more crucial for Richardson to reach her peak when she finally clashes with her biggest rivals to take her last year’s revenge.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

“This Is What Is Wrong”- Sha’Carri Richardson Blasts at Fan for Comparing Her to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

4 months ago

Do you think the 2022 season will see Richardson overcome the nightmares of her 2021 season?

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Shreya Verma

606 articles

Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

EDITORS' PICK