Sha’Carri Richardson’s confidence is on another level.
Sha’Carri Richardson is one of the biggest names in American track & field and she continued to prove it this week.
Richardson posted the fastest time in the women’s 100m heats at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday and did so with confidence before she even crossed the finish line.
Richardson breezed through her heat, clocking the day’s fastest time of 10.92 seconds (+0.4m/s). She was one of only three sprinters to break the 11-second barrier. She finished her sprint off with a flourish, wiping her hand across her face and gesturing right before she crossed the finish line.
The 23-year-old comfortably defeated Jamaica’s Natasha Morrison, who finished in 11.02 seconds.
After qualifying for the 100-meter semifinals with the fastest time at the 2023 World Athletics Championships on Sunday, Sha’Carri Richardson said she isn’t concerned with proving herself to her critics.
“I’m not worried about the world anymore. I’ve seen the world be my friend, I’ve seen the world turn on me. At the end of the day, I’ve always been with me. God has always been with me. So being on this scale now, it’s my time,” she said. “It’s always been my time, but now it’s my time to actually do it for myself, and the people that felt like me, and the people that look like me, and the people that know the truth about themselves as well. I represent those people.”
The 23-year-old had a major fall of grace after she was forced to miss the Tokyo Olympics two years ago after testing positive for marijuana during the U.S. Olympic Trials. Her fall continued when she then fell short of the 100m and 200m finals in the USATF Championships last year.
She would bounce back in a major way in 2023 by winning the 100m dash at the 2023 USATF Championships with a time of 10.82 seconds.
The semifinals and finals will both be held on Monday.
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