Sha’Carri Richardson declared, “I’m not back, I’m better” this season. On Monday in Budapest, Hungary, at the 2023 Track and Field World Championships, she added an exclamation point to that remark.
According to the article from USA Today, The attractive sprinter is currently the world’s fastest woman. In the women’s 100 meters, Richardson ran a 10.65 to win her first-ever world championship. Her time set a championship record, beating Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica’s mark by .02 seconds.
Shericka Jackson of Jamaica placed second with a time of 10.72, and Fraser-Pryce took third place with a time of 10.77 but still short to be the world’s fastest woman.
Since the late Tori Bowie’s gold medal at the 2017 world championships, Richardson is the first American woman to claim a 100-meter world championship. She shared the title of 100-meter world champion in 2023 with fellow American Noah Lyles. Lyles won gold in the men’s 100 meters in Sunday’s final. It’s the first time Americans have swept the 100-meter world titles since 2017 when Bowie and Justin Gatlin both topped the podium in the event in London.
Richardson struggled mightily to even reach the women’s final. She finished third in her semifinal heat and needed to use her time (10.84) to proceed to the championship round. She had some time to speak with her coach, Dennis Mitchell, about enhancing her start after her semifinal race. but still won the title word’s fastest woman.
Richardson started off stronger in the final round from lane 9 and overtook the other sprinters during the drive and acceleration phases. She raised her arms in triumph as soon as she crossed the finish line and be the world’s fastest woman.
According to the article from Yahoo Sports, The Texan had to wait for the next heat to end to find out if her time was quick enough because the top two finishers in her heat automatically qualified. She was obliged to put the previous race out of her mind after finding out that she made the final, which was probably easier said than done.
Richardson struggled to reach this point after losing her national title and Olympic spot in Tokyo in 2021 due to a drug test and after failing to get past the quarterfinals of the 2022 US Championships before the worlds. She claimed that early in the season, the track brought her tranquility. That epiphany kept paying off three months later.
Richardson had to race the final without being in close proximity to the favorites and away from the action in the middle of the track due to his lane placement. Jackson was sitting next to Jamaican superstar Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in lane 5. But it made no difference. Jackson and Fraser-Pryce, who finished in 10.72 and 10.77 seconds for second and third place, respectively, while Richardson had already left the starting line.
In the women’s 100, there is still a healthy rivalry between Jamaicans and Americans. The top three finishers haven’t always gotten along over the years, but after the final, they embraced and posed for pictures with nothing but respect.