Richardson, 21, missed out on competing at the Tokyo Olympics because of a positive marijuana test. She finally got the opportunity to race against some of the world’s top female sprinters at Hayward Field on Saturday.
The U.S. champion finished in ninth place in the women’s 100 meters. Richardson had a slow start and faded as the race progressed. She looked especially slow while racing right next to the legendary Elaine Thompson-Herah, who finished first at 10.54 seconds.
It’s been a difficult year for Richardson, who had high ambitions ahead of the Olympics before she was forced to withdraw. Some have wondered if her latest result will prompt a temporary break away from racing. Don’t count out Richardson just yet, though.
“Only way from 9th is up!,” Richardson said via Twitter on Monday night.
Only way from 9th is up! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) August 23, 2021
It doesn’t sound like Sha’Carri Richardson is going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, it sounds like she’s ready to get back on the track.
Richardson’s performance in the women’s 100 meters at the Prefontaine Classic was an anomaly. Don’t forget the 21-year-old is the sixth-fastest women’s 100-meters sprinter in history. She finished the race in 10.72 seconds back in April of this year.
We can’t wait to see what Sha’Carri has in store for her next race. Something tells us she will have a big bounce-back performance.