American Sha'Carri Richardson wins women's 100m at US Olympic trials

By Jurassic JennJun 24, 2024 21:03 PMSport
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US Olympic trials. Source: olympics.com

Sha'Carri Richardson, the 24-year-old world champion, has secured her spot at the Paris Olympics after winning the women's 100m event at the US Olympic trials. With a remarkable time of 10.71 seconds, Richardson not only claimed victory but also set the fastest time in the world this year, solidifying her place in her first-ever Olympic Games. This is reported by SSP.

This achievement marks a significant milestone for Richardson since she previously won the 100m event at the US Olympic trials three years ago but was unable to participate in the Tokyo Games due to testing positive for marijuana. Reflecting on her success, Richardson expressed her gratitude, stating, "I feel honored. I feel every chapter I've been through in my life designed and prepared me for this moment. I cannot wait to go to Paris and represent."

Although Richardson initially had a slow start off the blocks, her determination propelled her to take the lead around the 50m mark, ultimately securing her victory. Melissa Jefferson finished second with a time of 10.80, while Twanisha Terry claimed third place with 10.89. All three exceptional athletes are set to compete for Team USA in Paris.

Following her world-leading performance, Richardson embraced her grandmother, who watched from the stands at Hayward Field in Oregon. Reflecting on her growth over the past three years, she shared, "In the past three years, I've grown - just a better understanding of myself, a deeper respect and appreciation for my gift that I have in the sport, as well as my responsibility to the people that believe and support me. I feel like all of those components have helped me grow."

Richardson's previous victory occurred last year at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, where she secured gold with a championship record of 10.65, marking her first major title. As she looks forward to the Olympics, Richardson aims to secure Olympic gold but refrains from setting a specific target time. Instead, she believes that if she executes her race as trained and prepared, the time will naturally follow.

In other notable results at the US Olympic trials, Ryan Crouser emerged triumphant in the men's shot put with a remarkable throw of 22.84m, while Jasmine Moore seized the victory in the women's triple jump on her final attempt, covering a distance of 14.26m. These impressive performances demonstrate the exceptional talent and dedication of the athletes competing for a chance to represent their country on the world stage.

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