Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson seems to have both her speed and confidence for the US Track and Field Championships.
A victory this week at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, and you’re off to the outdoor world championships, the highest-profile event in sports outside of the Olympics. Richardson missed the Tokyo Games due to a failed marijuana test.
Known for her flashy tracksuits, nail extensions, and ever-changing hair colors, Richardson certainly isn’t lacking in confidence.
“Don’t let the media, don’t let people, don’t let a company, try to stop you from shining, because you are a ray of sunshine,” Richardson said as cheering young fans called out to him. his name during a recent race in New York. “We are the light.”
Richardson is entered in the 100 and 200 meters at the national championships, which begin Thursday in the Oregon town known as “Track Town.” If she places in the top three in those events, she will move on to the world championships next month, also at Hayward Field.
Marijuana suspension ends Tokyo’s Olympic hopes
Richardson caught the eye last summer when she won the 100 meters 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 dropped from the USA team as part of the relay, although her suspension would have been finished at the time of the 4×100 race.
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.”
I wish I had never done that. I wish I had a choice when it was time for me to tell my story. https://t.co/9mxl2KPRIy
A few weeks after missing a race at the Olympics, Richardson finished last in the 100m at the Préfontaine Classic. She faced criticism after that August run from some of the more traditional corners of the sport that she was all talk and no substance.
But at this year’s Pre, as we know, the 22-year-old Texan finished second to Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica in the 100m, running in 10.92 seconds.
This month, at the inaugural New York Grand Prix, Richardson won the 200m in 22.38 and came second in the 100m in a season-high 10.85. And she did it in style, with a unique red fishnet tracksuit and rhinestones dotting her face.
“I feel phenomenal,” she said afterwards.
‘Smoke ’em on and off the track’
She said her pre-race music was Drake’s “No Friends in the Industry.” The lyrics even have an ode to her: “And I’m like Sha’Carri, smoke ’em on and off the track.”
Allyson Felix, the most decorated female athlete in Olympic history, is set to run the 400m with a chance to be part of one more world team before her retirement.
Two-time Olympian Devon Allen, who played football and ran track at the University of Oregon, will try to improve his time in the 110 hurdles. He set the third fastest time in the world at the New York Grand Prix.
Allen is trying to balance track life and football after recently signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as a wide receiver. There would be no conflict if he made the world team: his event final is scheduled for July 17. Eagles players are scheduled to report to training camp nine days later.
Dalilah Muhammad announced on Wednesday that she was absent from the 400m hurdles due to a minor injury. She has already qualified for the world championships as the defending champion of the event.