Remember Sha’Carri Richardson? She’s Back
Remember Sha’Carri Richardson? She’s the speedy and very flashy U.S. sprinter who made news in 2021 when she got suspended from the U.S. Olympic team after testing positive for marijuana. This after she made the headlines for winning her qualifying heat in the Olympic trials and making a lot of noise about it.
After her suspension, she returned to the track later in the year at the Prefontaine Classic and made the news again when she finished dead last in the 100 meters, basically getting smoked by the competition including Jamaican sprinters Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson.
On Monday, August 21 at the World Athletic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Sha’Carri put all that behind her as she won the 100 meter championship in a record time of 10.65 seconds, nipping Jackson and Fraser-Pryce to take the gold medal. Jackson took the silver medal and Fraser-Pryce the bronze.
Sha’Carri got out of the blocks a little slow but picked up speed and blazed through the last 40 meters to cross the finish line just ahead of Jackson. Sha’Carri now proudly has the title of the world’s fastest woman.
Watch the video of Sha’Carri’s win…
Sha’Carri Richardson has been on the comeback trail ever since her one month suspension in 2021 and subsequent last place showing in her return to the track at the Prefontaine Classic. She had attributed her suspension for using marijuana to dealing with the stress of losing her biological mother.
After the race, Sha’Carri said in interviews that she’s not back, she’s better.
Sha’Carri will continue to compete at the World Athletic Championships this week as she’ll run in the 200 meters. This is her first major international event since the Olympics.
Way to go Sha’Carri!