Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, left, wins the 100m, while American track and field sprinter Sha’carri Richardson, center, also takes part, Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Oregon. Richardson finished in last place.
Sha’Carri Richardson’s return to the track didn’t end in the win she hoped for. She finished in last place against the same women she beat a few months ago.
Richardson, who was disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics, made her debut in the Prefontaine Classic at the University of Oregon, where she would race in the women’s 100-meter dash. Next to her would be the three Jamaican Olympians who took the gold, silver and bronze medals in her absence.
Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah improved her Olympic gold medal by 10.54 seconds, the best time in the world this year, as well as a measurement record and a personal best.
Richardson finished in 9th place with a time of 11.14 seconds. In a post-race interview, she delivered a fiery message to all those who doubted her.
“This is one race,” she said. “I’m not ready. You know what I’m capable of. Count me out if you want. Talk as much as you want. Because I’m here to stay. I’m not ready. I’m the sixth fastest woman ever in this game No one can ever take that away from me.”
Richardson was also scheduled to compete in the women’s 200 on Saturday afternoon, but withdrew from that race.