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Sha’Carri Richardson Completes Comeback at Worlds With 100-meter Title

<p>Games like fame and track may be really harsh. Sha’Carri Richardson, an American sprinter, has experienced it more than anybody else during the previous two years.</p>
<p>The 23-year-old won a gold medal at the world championships in the largest 100-meter sprint outside of the Olympics on a steamy Monday night, halfway around the globe from where her difficulties started.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-140312″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-haryana-is-prepared-to-release-its-cng-infrastructure-policy-download-2023-08-22t174311.473.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com haryana is prepared to release its cng infrastructure policy download 2023 08 22t174311.473″ width=”1324″ height=”797″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-haryana-is-prepared-to-release-its-cng-infrastructure-policy-download-2023-08-22t174311.473.jpg 289w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-haryana-is-prepared-to-release-its-cng-infrastructure-policy-download-2023-08-22t174311.473-150×90.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1324px) 100vw, 1324px” title=”Sha'Carri Richardson Completes Comeback at Worlds With 100-meter Title 6″></p>
<p>Shericka Jackson of Jamaica and five-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were defeated by her in 10.65 seconds, capping a comeback that had taken two years to develop. She was able to live up to her yearlong slogan, “I’m not back,” which she reiterated after her most recent triumph. I’ve improved.</p>
<p>Following the Eugene, Oregon, Olympic trials two summers before, Richardson’s path to the Tokyo Games was obstructed by a positive marijuana test. Her name became a measuring stick in an extensive discussion about race, justice, the often incomprehensible anti-doping code of conduct, and finally about the occasionally fine line between right and wrong.</p>
<p>Richardson said that she attempted to block out the rest, soaked it all in, and surrounded herself with supporters.</p>
<p>When asked what message this triumph communicated, she said, “I would say “never give up.” “Never let the media, never let outsiders, never let anything define who you are except yourself and your religion. Always fight, I would advise. Fight no matter what.</p>
<p>She battled for her triumph against a competition that included four of the eight fastest sprinters in history.</p>
<p>In a race where only the top two finishers were guaranteed seats in the final, she struggled when the whims of the track regulations put her in the dreaded “Semifinal of Death,” pitted against Jackson and Marie-Josée Ta Lou, who entered ranked fifth and eighth respectively in all-time rankings.</p>
<p>Richardson had a terrible start in the quarterfinal and had to come from eighth to take third in 10.84. She qualified for the final because she ran the quickest time among all non-qualifiers.</p>
<p>Just 70 minutes later, she was lined up in Lane 9 for the gold-medal sprint, which is a difficult position to be in since it’s impossible to gauge how the top competitors, or anybody, really, is doing.</p>
<p>It didn’t change anything. No one went too far ahead despite her having the third-slowest start in the race. In the end, she and Jackson were competing for first place. Jackson crossed the finish line and glanced up to the scoreboard as though she may have won since she couldn’t see what Richardson was doing from so far outside.</p>
<p>But Ta Lou, Fraser-Pryce, and Richardson all edged her by.16,.12, and.07 seconds, respectively. Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 35-year-old world mark of 10.49 still holds, but the 10.65 was a world-championships record and tied Jackson for the top time globally this year.</p>
<p>Despite Richardson’s 2-0 record versus Jackson this year in head-to-head competition, she was still a 5-1 underdog in the race due in part to the fact that she was competing in her first global championships against competitors who had won a combined 38 Olympic and world championship medals.</p>
<p>After crossing the finish line, the newly crowned winner seemed astonished. She gave the heavens a kiss, gazed at the stunning scoreboard, and then stumbled into the stands to take the American flag and congratulations from Fraser-Pryce, British Dina Asher-Smith, and others.</p>
<p>Richardson remarked, “It helped me pull out my best ‘A’ game, too. All the heavy hitters were going to bring their ‘A’ game.” “I’m seated next to real-life heroes. It feels amazing.</p>
<p>When Richardson swept to a victory at trials two years ago, her orange hair streaming behind her, it looked that she was prepared to become America’s next sprint star. However, she tested positive for marijuana, a doping violation she freely accepted, claiming she was in a terrible mood after the recent passing of her mother. As a result, her triumph was promptly wiped from the record.</p>
<p>A heated debate ensued, much of it on social media, over whether marijuana, which is not a performance enhancer, really belonged on the banned list (it still is), as well as whether regulators were overly eager to target a young, outspoken, Black American woman.</p>
<p>For a time, Richardson plummeted, both on the track and off. When she finally competed after a lengthy ban at the Prefontaine Classic in 2021, she placed seventh. She missed out on the world championship team the previous year.</p>
<p>Renaldo Nehemiah, a former hurdler and her agent, said that a year before, she was in “no-man’s land” in terms of making the squad. “And lastly, to return and discover her happy zone, which is on the track, without attempting to compete with any kind of unfavorable forces outside. Even on your finest day, you’ll never prevail in that war, I personally informed her.</p>
<p>Late last summer, Richardson opened out in a live social media conversation, pleading with others to discover their real selves much as she did.</p>
<p>After sending the message, she started mending the track.</p>
<p>But when asked what she specifically changed, on or off the track, following her greatest triumph, she avoided talking about technique, pace, or strategy.</p>
<p>“You lend your own identity to the tune. You include your sportsperson in your life, she remarked. “Just knowing that people see me as a person, not just an athlete. Sincerely, there is no separate.</p>
<p>“I’m happy that I can now show the true myself. Not my suffering. Not my melancholy. I’m content that I can sit here and enjoy my house and the knowledge that everything worked out.</p>

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