July 18, (THEWILL) – American sprinter, Sha’Carri Richardson, experienced her first defeat over the 100m race this year at a meeting held in Hungary, on Tuesday.
Despite her previous successes, Richardson struggled to recover from a slow start in Szekesfehervar and was unable to catch up with Julien Alfred, the Saint Lucia athlete, who has made a name for herself on the college circuit this season. Alfred impressed with a time of 10.89 seconds, while Richardson finished at 10.97 seconds, marking a disappointing performance for the American sprinter.
Just days before this defeat, Richardson triumphed over Shericka Jackson, the fastest woman in the world this season, at the Diamond League meeting in Chorzow, Poland. Richardson’s journey has been filled with ups and downs, notably missing out on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 due to a positive cannabis test and failing to qualify for the world championships in Eugene.
However, she has displayed newfound consistency this season, claiming victory at the US title and solidifying her status as one of the frontrunners for a gold medal at the upcoming world championships in Budapest in August. While her recent defeat in Hungary may be a setback, Richardson’s determination and resilience remain unwavering as she strives for success on the international stage.
In other track and field news, Olympic 400m champion, Steven Gardiner, delivered an exceptional performance, clocking the fastest time of the year in the 400m race with an impressive 43.74 seconds. Gardiner dominated the event, leaving behind Rusheen McDonald of Jamaica, who finished with a time of 44.03 seconds.
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