Richardson eyes Olympic trials redemption

By Agencies
June 20, 2024
Sha'carri Richardson of the U.S. reacts after finishing second in the women's 200m final on June 19, 2024. — Reuters

NEW YORK: American fan favourite Sha’Carri Richardson will look to add another chapter to her comeback story with a ticket to the Paris Games when the United States team trials kick off on Friday, three years after her Olympic dream came crashing down.


The Texan catapulted herself into household fame when she won the 100 metres at the 2021 trials, but a positive test for cannabis saw her miss out on competing in Tokyo. Richardson stunningly failed to qualify for the World Championships at the same Hayward Field track in 2022. But she made good on years of potential a year later, winning the 100m world title and taking third in the 200m in Budapest.

Her trophy case now awaits an Olympic gold. “Back on the track, grounding myself,” Richardson said in a televised interview after winning the 100m in 10.83 seconds in her season debut over the distance at last month’s Prefontaine Classic.