“I am who y’all think I am, and I am who I say I am,” Richardson. Bold, daring and a go-getter!
At just 21, athlete Sha’Carri Richardson, who over the years had been gaining recognition has now taken centre stage as the sixth-fastest woman in history. She clocked 10.72 seconds in Miramar, Florida, taking her place as the sixth-fastest woman in history and the fastest active U.S. woman.
She follows — Florence Griffith Joyner, Carmelita Jeter, Marion Jones, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah who have run faster.
Her record breaking 10.72 seconds achieved over the past weekend, is the fastest time ever ran in world history this early in the season and is also the fastest time ever run by someone as young as 21.
“My season is going to be unbelievable. Something that I haven’t been expecting. Something the world hasn’t been expecting. It’s time.” Richardson said on the track, just after her win with a 1.6 meter/second tailwind.
In 2019, Richardson won an Olympic media at NCAA Championships in 10.75 seconds as an LSU freshman.
NBC Sports analyst Ato Boldon, who called Saturday’s meet for USATF.TV, said that Richardson is now “a heavy favorite” for the Olympic title in Tokyo. First, she must finish in the top three at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, in June.
“I am getting ready to change the game and I am as good as I say I am. It’s something I haven’t really expected, something the world hasn’t been expecting,” the runner stated after her race.
“I just feel like it’s time to bring the respect that track and field deserves and I want people to know that I am going to use my platform and my talent and who I am to distribute that for track and field for the world.”
According to Louisiana State University (LSU), Richardson’s college alma mater, Richardson moved up from No. 9 on the all-time world list (10.75) to No. 6 when she clocked at 10.72 seconds.