Sha’Carri Richardson gets back on track with dominant new win
New York, New York - Track star Sha’Carri Richardson has come back with fierce dominance, winning the race that inspired her to run.
Sha’Carri Richardson is back!
The athlete made a statement on Sunday after winning the women’s 200-meter race at the NYC Grand Prix, finishing with a time of 22.38.
"It feels peaceful, it feels fulfilling," Richardson said post race. "I’m glad that I made the fans happy, but it feels so much better being back at home within myself, my heart, my spirit, and I just want to continue to just thrive, that’s all."
Earlier in the day, Richardson also placed second in the 100-meter run, recording a time of 10.83, just behind Aleia Hobbs.
Striding in red fishnets, blonde hair, and her signature long nails like her idol Flo Jo, Richardson now appears to be on the right track moving forwards from the pains of the past.
Sha’Carri Richardson: "She is not back, she is better"
The Olympic Trials winner was forced to miss the Tokyo 2021 Olympics over a controversial marijuana-use rule.
In a comeback race in August 2021, Richardson faced another setback after a disappointing last-place finish at the Prefontaine Classic.
Now, the 22-year-old is competing with a new-found confidence, and lunging into even more dominance.
"The confidence came from seeing how much love I have, I can give, I receive, and just how much inspiration I put out there into the world that even in my short career just how much it has inspired others," she said.
"It makes me give myself that courage, makes me give myself that confidence to go out there and show that I am the sun, I am the sunshine," Richardson said on Sunday.
She captioned an Instagram post earlier this month, "She is not back, she is better."
In her most recent race at the Prefontaine Classic on May 31, Richardson ran the 100-meter race and came in second behind Jamaica's Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah.
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