What happened to Sha’Carri Richardson? – Deseret News

What happened to Sha’Carri Richardson? – Deseret News

Sha’Carri Richardson, one of the top athletes in track and field, secured victory in the women’s 100-meter race at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Qualifiers by posting the fastest time (10.71 seconds) this year.

The overall world record of 10.49 seconds, set by Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988, remains unbroken to this day, according to the Olympic Games.

According to NBC News, Richardson came close to Griffith-Joyner’s record last year at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, with a time of 10.65 seconds.

At the start of the Olympic qualifying race, Richardson initially lagged behind her competitors, but then shot away and secured the victory.

“Every chapter of my life has prepared me for this moment, to stand alongside these amazing women I stand here with,” Richardson said in her post-race interview.

Melissa Jefferson finished second with a time of 10.80 seconds, while Twanisha Terry finished third with a time of 10.89 seconds. The three athletes trained together at Star Athletics, according to NBC News.

Richardson did not qualify for the Olympics in the 200-meter dash, finishing fourth with a time of 22.16 seconds. Gabby Thomas won that race in 21.81 seconds, according to The Associated Press.

Richardson’s Olympic career has been marked by ups and downs. She missed the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for THC.

In an interview with NBC’s “Today,” Richardson revealed that she had taken the banned substance after her mother’s death in Oregon, where it is legal.

“I know what I did, I know what I’m supposed to do … and I still made that decision,” Richardson told Today. “I’m not looking for an excuse in my case, I’m not looking for sympathy. But to be in that situation, to find out something like that … dealing with the relationship with my mother, that was definitely a very difficult subject for me.”