Known for her flashy suits, long nails, and ever-changing hair colors, Richardson definitely doesn’t lack confidence.
“Don’t let the media, don’t let people, don’t let a company try to stop you from shining, because you’re the sun,” Richardson said as young cheering fans called her name at a recent race in New York. We are the light.
Richardson entered both the 100 and 200 meters at the national championship, which kicks off Thursday in Oregon known as “Tracktown.” If she’s in the top three in those events, she’s teleporting to Realms next month, also at Hayward Field
Richardson attracted attention last summer when she won the 100m at the Olympic tracks, which determined the Tokyo team. But she was stripped of her title after testing positive shortly after the race.
She was suspended for 30 days which kept her from the event in Tokyo, She was also excluded from the US team as part of the relay rally, even though her suspension would have been completed by the time of the 4×100 race.
She admitted the mistake in an interview with “Today” after her suspension. She said she used marijuana as a way to deal with her mother’s recent death. But on Twitter this week she lamented the interview: “I wish I had never done this. I wish I had the choice when it was time for me to tell my story.”
A few weeks after missing the race at the Olympics, Richardson finished last in the 100th place in the Prefontaine Classic. I faced criticism after the August race from some of the sport’s more traditional angles that were all talk and no substance.
But before this year, as is known, The 22-year-old Texan finished second after Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herrah of Jamaica in the 100runs in a steady 10.92 seconds.
This month at the opening Grand Prix in New York, Richardson won the 200 in 22.38, and came second in the 100 in 10.85, a season best. And she did it in style, with a unique red fishnet tracksuit and rhinestones dotted across her face.
Then she said, “I feel great.”
She said the pre-race hype was “no friends in the industry” for Drake. The lyrics even have a poem to it: “And I’m like Sha’Carri, I smoke them in and out of the track.”
Richardson isn’t the only attraction at the National Championships, which runs through Sunday on the field on the University of Oregon’s campus. Ryan Crouser is looking to surpass his own world record in the throw, which Hayward was set last year at the Olympic Trials.
Alison Felix, the most decorated track runner in Olympic history, is set to run the 400 with a chance to make another world team before her retirement.
Two-time Olympian Devon Allen, who played soccer and ran track at the University of Oregon, will try to improve his time in 110 hurdles. He ran the third fastest time in the world at the New York City Grand Prix.
Allen is trying to balance life and football after recently signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as a wide receiver. There would be no conflict if he was the world team: his event deadline has been set for July 17th. The Eagles players are scheduled to go to the training camp after nine days.
Dalilah Muhammad announced, on Wednesday, that she will exit 400 hurdles due to a minor injury. She has already qualified for the World Championships as the defending champion in this event.