We love a redemption tale. “That girl” is lacing up her sneakers and will take on all three 100m medalists from the Tokyo Olympics. Sha’Carri Richardson will run in her first race since her controversial dismissal from the games and prove, yet again, that she is one of the world’s elite athletes. Next week, at the Prefontaine Classic, Richardson will take on Team Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson. The three women won gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, at the Games, in the race that Sha’Carri would have faced them in if not for her disqualification.
Thompson-Herah broke the 10.62 second record previously held by Florence Griffith Joyner when she took home the gold medal after running the 100m with a time of 10.61. But Sha’Carri’s team says she has nothing to prove. "Sha'Carri is focused on running a good race since she last competed at the US Olympic Trials," Richardson's agent Renaldo Nehemiah told The Wall Street Journal. "She will be focused on executing her race to the best of her ability regardless of who is in the race.”
Though her suspension would have ended before the 4x100m relay race; however, USA Track & Field decided not to include her on the team stating, "So while our heartfelt understanding lies with Sha'Carri, we must also maintain fairness for all of the athletes who attempted to realize their dreams by securing a place on the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team.”
We are so excited to see our girl get a chance to get back out there on the track despite all of the barriers she’s faced in recent months. All eyes will be on Oregon when these four amazing women face off against one another.