Sha’Carri Richardson appeared to have regained her speed and swagger for the U.S. Track and Field Championships, but she had a disappointing result Thursday night in her showpiece event.
Despite some promising runs before the nationals, Richardson failed to qualify for the first round of the 100m. She finished fifth in her heat and did not speak to reporters after the race.
She is also entered in the 200m at the meet, so her hopes of making the USA team for the world championships next month are still alive, albeit dimmer. She needs to finish in the top three to make the team for the biggest event in sport outside of the Olympics.
Richardson caught the eye last summer when she won the 100m at the Olympic trials, which determined the Tokyo team. But his title was stripped after he tested positive shortly after the race.
She was handed a 30-day suspension that kept her out of the event in Tokyo, and she was also kicked out of the Team USA relay pool, although her suspension would have ended in timing of relay events.
She admitted the mistake in an interview with the Today show after her suspension. She said she used marijuana to cope with her mother’s recent death. But on Twitter this week, she lamented the interview: “I wish I had never done this. I wish I had a choice when it was time for me to tell my story.
This month, at the inaugural New York Grand Prix, Richardson won the 200m in 22.38 seconds and was second in the 100m in a season-high 10.85 seconds.
Elsewhere on Thursday, Tokyo silver medalist Fred Kerley produced a world record 9.83 seconds in the men’s 100m heats. World champion Christian Coleman, who returned to action in January after serving an 18-month suspension for breaking anti-doping rules, won his round in 10.08 seconds while Trayvon Bromell clinched his in 10 ,10 seconds.
“I feel pretty good. I feel like there’s definitely a lot I can continue to build on,” Coleman said. place tomorrow.
Allyson Felix, the most decorated American athlete in track and field history, won her 400m race in 52.30 seconds as the 36-year-old competed in her last U.S. championships before retiring.
“It’s tough,” said Felix, 21 to the day since first competing in the championships. “I think more than physically, just mentally, emotionally, all of that – I think that was the biggest fight. It sure is bittersweet. But also, I feel so ready. I think I have nothing more to give. And when I start to feel I know it’s time.