Sha'Carri Richardson seals Olympic qualification with fairy tale win at athletics trials!

Eugene, Oregon - World 100 meters champion Sha'Carri Richardson earned a chance for Olympic redemption after winning the 100 at the US athletics trials on Saturday, booking her ticket to the Paris Games!

Sha'Carri Richardson won the 100 meters race at the US athletics trials on Saturday, sealing qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics!
Sha'Carri Richardson won the 100 meters race at the US athletics trials on Saturday, sealing qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics!  © USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Connect

Three years after a positive marijuana test saw her kicked off the US team for the Tokyo Olympics, Richardson captured the women's 100 final in Eugene, Oregon, posting a time of 10.71 seconds, with Melissa Jefferson second at 10.80 and Twanisha Terry third with 10.89.

Richardson was behind at the start but surged to the lead in the middle and crossed the finish line in this year's world-best time with a wind of 0.8 meter per second.

"I feel honored," Richardson said. "I feel every chapter I've been through in my life designed and prepared me for this moment."

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"I cannot wait to go to Paris and represent."

Sha'Carri Richardson's fall and rise

Three years ago, Richardson appeared set for the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics after winning at the US trials in 10.86.

But dreams of Olympic gold were shattered when it was revealed she had tested positive for marijuana, resulting in a hugely controversial one-month suspension that banned her from Tokyo.
Plans to revive her career at the 2022 World Championships failed when she bombed out of the US trials.

Richardson, however, roared back into form in 2023 with a thrilling 100-meter triumph at the World Championships in Budapest, taking the crown in a championship record of 10.65 seconds.

This year, Richardson won her only prior 100 at May's Prefontaine Classic in 10.83.

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