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Sha’Carri Richardson Finishes Last in Her Return From Substance Ban

Sha’Carri Richardson’s return to the track was not triumphant as she and many fans of her had hoped, but she still showed resilience despite of it. 

At the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon, fell behind the pack, coming in last. Her time of 11.14 was well behind that of winner Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Olympic gold medalist from Jamaica who’s time of 10.54 ranks second all-time behind the 10.49 set in 1988 by the legend Florence Griffith Joyner. 

Sha’Carri Richardson, 21, accepted a 30-day ban after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana after her victory in 100-meter final at the Olympic trials back in June. Her titled was stripped and she was left off the roster for the Tokyo Games by USA Track & Field. Because of this The Diamond League race at Hayward Field was touted as Richardson’s much anticipated return to track and the exciting showdown between her and the Jamaicans that we missed out on seeing in the Olympics.

In the end, however, Richardson was left behind by the Jamaicans as the women of Jamaica filled in the other places with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson finished second and third, recreating the medal stand from the Tokyo Games. Thompson bested her Olympic gold-medal winning time in the 100 with the fastest time in the world this year.

Despite the lost, Sha’Carri held her head high and stood firm in her belief in herelf. “Not upset at myself at all. This is one race. I’m not done. You know what I’m capable of,” said Richardson after the race.


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