Sha’Carri Richardson’s comeback race didn’t go as planned, as she was placed last at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday. Nevertheless, the athlete stated she was not done yet, even though she finished last in a race of nine runners in the 100 meters while withdrawing from the second event- 200 meters.
Her time was well behind that of Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Olympian from Jamaica, who clocked in at an impressive 10.54 seconds- the second-fastest women’s time in history- whereas Richardson could only manage 11.14 seconds.
Sha’Carri Richardson’s Return Less Than Impressive
After the race, Sha’Carri Richardson had an interview with NBC where she stated that she was quite elated to get back to the track. All she wanted was to get out of the rut and perform at a meet after taking a month off. Now, while her standing was less than impressive, Richardson wasn’t worried about it- as she told everyone that she was not finished yet.
She bluntly told the interviewers that people could count her out of the positions if they wanted to-it wouldn’t make a difference to her. She was the sixth-fastest woman in the game, and this wasn’t something someone could take away from her.
Interestingly, the Diamond League race which took place at Hayward Field was promoted as the return of Sha’Carri Richardson to the race, whilst simultaneously being a showdown against the Jamaicans- something that most of the American public couldn’t view live in Tokyo.
The 21-year-old athlete had been served with a 30-day ban after she had tested positive- immediately after she won the 100-meter finals at the Olympic trials on the 19th of June. Not only was her title stripped, but she was also excluded from the roster for the Olympics by the USA Track & Field Association.
Sha’Carri Richardson stated that she decided to go ahead with the drug because she had impending struggles in her head- the death of her biological mother as well as the Olympics. Nevertheless, it is not the end of the world for her.