Sha’Carri Richardson said she’s not back…she’s better, and she has lived up to that claim by beating the world’s fastest woman, Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, for the second time this year.
The event was the 100m at a Diamond League meet on Sunday (July 16) in Silesia, Poland.
It was a world championship preview event.
Sha’Carri clocked 10.76 seconds, and she beat Shericka by two-hundredths of a second.
Shericka became the fastest woman in the world after clocking a 10.65 last weekend at the Jamaican championship, but she is 0-2 against Sha’Carri, this year.
Sha’Carri has not lost a 100m event this year, and she clocked her personal best (10.71) last week at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships.
Sha’Carri Richardson and Shericka Jackson are favored to win the world championship in August in Budapest, even though reigning world champion Shelly-Ann-Fraser Pryce of Jamaica has yet to race a 100m this year.
Back in 2021, Sha’Carri was disqualified from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for testing positive for marijuana.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed from July 24 – August 9, 2020, to July 23 – August 8, 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shortly after the Olympics, on August 21, 2021, Sha’Carri took advantage of the opportunity to race against all three Jamaican medalists (Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson), who swept the 100m event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, at the 2021 Prefontaine Classic in Oregon.
Unfortunately, Sha’Carri Richardson came in last place in the 100m race, but she promised she wasn’t done in her viral post-race interview.
Sha’Carri has since focused on her mental health and rediscovered her faith, and the only thing she’s smoking in 2023 is her competitors on the track.
We wish Sha’Carri Richardson all the best at the world championship in August in Budapest.
Source: NBC Sports