21-Year-Old Sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson Becomes Sixth-Fastest Woman In The World
The 21-year-old athlete is currently training for the 2021 summer Olympics in Tokyo.
April 14, 2021 at 2:19 pm
Sha’Carri Richardson, a former sprinter at Louisiana State University (LSU) became the sixth-fastest woman in the world after her victory at the Miramar Invitational in Florida.
During Saturday’s 100-meter dash, the 21-year-old registered a whopping 10.72, despite a sub-par start.
"I'm not done yet,” Richardson told USA Track and Field (USATF), according to LSU. “There's more work to be done, there's ways to get faster, there's ways to become better. So we're going back to the drawing board.”
As Blavity previously reported on the track star, who in 2019 broke the collegiate record for the 100 meter dash as a freshman, clocking in at 10.99 seconds. The same day, in the 200 meter dash, the then 19-year-old registered 22.37 seconds, setting two junior world records.
The official Twitter page of the USA Track and Field tweeted footage of Saturday’s groundbreaking moment.
According to NBC Sports, only five women have outpaced Richardson — Florence Griffith Joyner, Carmelita Jeter, Marion Jones, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah.
“I am who y’all think I am, and I am who I say I am,” Richardson said on the track, NBC Sports reported. “My season is going to be unbelievable,” she added. “Something that I haven’t been expecting. Something the world hasn’t been expecting. It’s time.”
In 2019, Richardson won at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, where she broke the 30-year record held by Dawn Sowell after clocking in at 10.75 seconds. Eight weeks later, the athlete placed eighth at the USATF Outdoor Championships, missing her opportunity to represent the United States at the World Championships.
“As an athlete, you have to take your losses just as good as your wins,” Richardson said in an interview after the USA tournament. “If you can’t do that you’re not a good athlete, in my opinion.”
Shortly after her NCAA victory in 2019, Richardson decided to transition from collegiate athlete to professional, now running for Nike, with plans to represent the USA at Tokyo’s summer Olympics this year.
"Everyone wants to be an Olympian. That's definitely my bigger goal down the line,” Richardson said in the interview, according to MileSplit USA.
Eventually she moved on to professional training, which the athlete said was one of the best decisions she’s made in her life.
"Training here with [coach] Dennis Mitchell has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life," she said in an interview with Team USA. "I love that he’s a coach that’s going to make sure you’re the athlete you tell him you want to be, on and off the track. I’m glad I came. It’s a great environment for training."
“I knew that to get to the next level I had to make myself uncomfortable, meaning push myself to a limit I hadn’t pushed myself to before," she added.
NBC Sports analyst Ato Boldon, affirmed that Richardson is now “a heavy favorite” for the Olympic title in Tokyo.
Before qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team, Richardson must finish in the top three at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, in June.