Sha' Carri Richardson Comes In Last Place In Her First Race Back
Sha'Carri Richardson The American sprinter, who got disqualified from competing in this summer's Tokyo Olympics, competed in the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday at the University of Oregon. Richardson was set to compete in the women's 100-meter dash against eight other athletes, including three Jamaican Olympians who won gold, silver, and bronze in her absence.
In her first race since being banned, the 21-year-old finished ninth(dead last) with a time of 11.14 seconds.
First, second, and third place went to Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson. The same three Jamaicans that swept the podium in Tokyo. Thompson-Herah set a new Olympic record with a timing of 10.61 seconds. She finished the race at the Prefontaine in Eugene, Oregon, with a world-leading time of 10.54.
Thompson-Herah is closing down on Florence Griffith Joyner's 1988 world record of 10.49.
In a post-race interview with NBC, Richardson made it plain that she wasn't "done" and that she couldn't care less what the naysayers had to say. She also said that this is only one race and has little bearing on her future competition.