Sha’Carri Richardson’s Epic Revenge on the Olympics and Jamaica

The 100-meter world title went to Sha’Carri Richardson, the American sprinter who was barred from the Tokyo Olympics after a positive test for marijuana.

Richardson, 23, set a new personal record of 10.65 seconds at the World Athletics Championships at the National Athletics Centre, outrunning the Jamaican pair of Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who took silver and bronze.

Richardson said she would keep working and improving. “I’m going to stay humble,” she said. “I’m not back. I’m better, and I’ll continue to be better.”

She was the first American woman to win the 100-meter world championship since Tori Bowie in 2017. She run in the final was also impressive, as she barely made it through the semifinals, where she came third in her heat.

Sha’Carri Richardson’s Epic Revenge on the Olympics and Jamaica

She had a slow start and swerved slightly to the right in her first steps, losing some time. But she finished strong and clocked 10.84 in the semis, which was enough to get her a spot in the final.

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“She was more than capable of running 10.65; we knew that,” said her agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, a former world class sprinter and hurdler himself. “We just knew that running it on the biggest stage in the world is a lot harder than just saying it.” Monday night marked a major turnaround for Richardson. I am just so proud of her, because a year ago we were light-years away from a full package of being able to compete at this level, and she’s put in the work”.

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Nehemiah said. In 2021, Richardson had seemed to secure her place in the Tokyo Games after she won the 100 meters at the U.S. Even before she won Monday, she was considered a favorite for Paris 2024 after she won the U.S. 100-meter title last month. 

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