Sha’Carri Richard‘s grand return to the race track did not deliver today.
Quite the contrary.
For, the headline-grabbing sprinter is once again at the center of conversation – this time for placing last in her comeback appearance.
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As widely reported, Richardson was suspended from competing at the Tokyo Olympics after a drug test found traces of marijuana in her system. Support was widespread, especially given what was arguably extenuating circumstances, but the decision was deemed final.
Much hyped (particularly by Richardson herself), her return to competition at the Prefontaine Classic saw her square off against Jamaica’s medalists: Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson.
In shocking scenes, the 21-year-old – who has previously registered one of the world’s fastest times – finished in NINTH place in the 100-meter female race at the Eugene, Oregon-based event.
Watch the bewildering moment:
They left Sha’carri Richardson in the dust
— NATECLIPS (@NATERERUN) August 21, 2021
Speaking in a post-race press address, Richardson was defiant not defeated. She declared:
“This is one race. I’m not done. You know what I’m capable of. Count me out if you want to. Talk all the sh*t if you want. ‘Cause I’m here to stay. I’m not done. I’m the sixth fastest woman in this (entire) game…ever! And can’t nobody ever take that from me.”
— they clapped @RobIsRandomAF_6 (@BackUpRandomRob) August 21, 2021
No matter which way it’s diced or sliced. This was not it and only amplifies the pressure for her next outing.
Can she prove to be the comeback kid? Time will tell.
In the here and now, it’s safe to say this did not age well…
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