America’s Sha’Carri Richardson is as speedy and swaggy as ever

If a young, talented, and boisterous black woman bothers you, take your eyes off track and field—plus, you’re probably racist. Sha’carry Richardson’s feet Set the track on fire at the 2021 Olympic Trials. Unfortunately for him, his dynamic performance was followed by setbacks for most of his career. However, on Friday, he came back strongly at the top of the US Championships.

don’t call it a comeback

Richardson got off to a bad start in the women’s 100 m dash final, but recovered quickly. It took him 10.82 seconds to complete the wig-free race till the championships.

It’s been two years since he won the Olympic Trials race. Women’s Collegiate 100-The meter dash record holder had to bide his time in the 2020 season after the COVID delay. Richardson won the 100 meters at the US Olympic Trials the following year. He won the race a week after a reporter informed Richardson that his biological mother had died.

Breaking tapes, hugs with her family, and interviews When she stunned NBC Sports’ Lewis Johnson with news of her personal loss, it was the peak of her career that was quickly over.

He tested positive for cannabis at the Olympic Trials Suspended for one month. That suspension made him ineligible to compete in the individual 100 m. His suspension would have ended before the 4x100m relay, but the USATF decided not to allow him to compete in the 2021 Games.

What followed was a young woman learning how to deal with a sudden public embarrassment. That year, both Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix were asked what advice they would give to Richardson. he didn’t appreciate the advice spoken into the microphone that contradicted him personally, and share it on social media, Richardson returned to the national stage for the 2022 US Championships, and was eliminated from the competition in the first round of the 100 m dash. She had an opportunity to run against the world’s best at the 2021 Prefontaine Classic, but failed. Richardson finished last, while Jamaica’s Ellen Thompson-Hera ran the second fastest 100 ever for a woman, but she did not succeed. beat him quietly,

This type of public failure is unpleasant in itself. The trauma of being used as the embodiment of people’s societal attitudes at age 22 can make the experience toxic. The US had a great run at the 2022 World Athletics Championships without her, but the team event would have been far better had she been competing against Thompson-Hera, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Jamaica’s Sherika Jackson.

Get ready to see a lot more of Sha’Kary Richardson

Richardson has spent 2023 hot on the road to a comeback. She had broken 11 seconds twice this year before going into the US Championships. Its trajectory is moving upwards. That 10.82 wasn’t even her best time for the final event – ​​she ran 10.71 in the preliminary. He continued his dominance on Saturday with a 21.61 win in the 200m preliminary.

whether he won 200-Meter final or not on Sunday, the American sprinting prodigy has reestablished himself as one of the world’s top athletes. world cThe championships in Budapest begin in 41 days, and if she maintains good health, she will get another chance at the Olympics in 2024.

100-The meter dash only takes 10-11 seconds, but it’s still a long sprint. A disorganized start does not mean that defeat is imminent. Richardson got off to a bad start in both her career and Friday’s 100m final. In both she’s shown an ability to recover and come out on top, and stripping off the wig shows that she’s not downplaying her jets or persona for just anyone.

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