Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson seemed to have both her speed and confidence back for the U.S. Track and Field Championships, but she had a disappointing result Thursday night in her signature event.
Despite some promising runs before the nationals, Richardson failed to make it out of the first round of the 100 meters. She finished fifth in her heat and did not speak to reporters.
She’s also entered in the 200m at the Hayward Field 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 is known for his flashy tracksuits, nail extensions and ever-changing hair colors, as well as his brash and confident personality.
“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 caught the eye last summer when she won the 100m at the Olympic tracks, which determined the team for Tokyo. But his title was stripped after he tested positive for marijuana shortly after the race.
She was handed a 30-day suspension that kept her out of the event in Tokyo, and she was kicked out of Team USA as part of the relay pool, though her suspension would have been finished at the time of relay 400.
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, saying, “I wish I had never done this. I wish I had a choice when it was time for me to tell my story.”
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 was 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.
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.”
Richardson wasn’t the only attraction at the national championships, which took place through Sunday at the stadium on the University of Oregon campus. The World Championships will also be held in Hayward.
Ryan Crouser is looking to surpass his own shot put world record, set in Hayward last year during the Olympic Trials.
Allyson Felix, the most decorated female athlete in Olympic history, is ready 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 on his time in the 110 hurdles. He ran 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.