American sprinter – Sha’Carri Richardson has been offered yet another golden opportunity to prove herself in the women’s 100m as she come face-to-face with Jamaican medal trio – Shericka Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Elaine Thompson-Herah at the 2021 Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meet on Saturday, August 21 in Eugene, Oregon.
Despite qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics having won the women’s 100m in the United States Olympic Trials finishing in 10.86 seconds, the 21-year-old sprint sensation missed the Tokyo Games after been tested positive for cannabis [THC].
Her absence in Tokyo saw Jamaica complete a memorable sweep in the women’s 100m final having finished first, second, and third respectively.
Sha’Carri Richardson who believes her presence in Tokyo could have cause an upset took to Twitter to express her feelings after the women’s 100m heat which saw Marie-Josee Ta-Lou ran the fastest time [10.78].
“Missed me already,” she tweeted.
Elaine Thompson-Herah, however, went ahead to establish herself as sprint phenom having won the women’s 200m to become the only woman in history to win an Olympic back-to-back gold in both sprint events. She also combined with Briana Williams, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson to win gold in the 4x100m relay.
Thompson-Herah’s enviable performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics took a little shine away from Fraser-Pryce, but the “Mummy’s Rocket” nonetheless is arguably the greatest sprinter of all-time. She is a double Olympic champion over 100 metres [2008, 2012], has four World Championship 100 metre titles in addition to a 200 metre title and multiple world and Olympic relay titles.
She was the fastest woman alive [10.63] on the road to Tokyo 2020, but Elaine Thompson-Herah’s [10.61] at the Games has pushed her back to second and the third fastest of all-time behind Florence ‘Flo-Jo’ Griffith Joyner [10.62] and the Fast Elaine’s Olympic record time.
Shericka Jackson became a force to reckon with prior to the Tokyo Olympics after toppling Elaine Thompson-Herah to second position in both the 100 and 200m race in the 2021 Jamaican Relays at the National Stadium in Kingston. Her personal best of 10.76 seconds won her bronze in Japan.
Sha’Carri Richardson whose personal best stands at 10.72 seconds will go at every length to try and neutralize the Jamaican trio in the much anticipated blue-ribbon showdown at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond next week, but the Jamaican trio have proven time and again that they actually run the show when it comes to the modern day sprint game.
The line up also includes Tokyo relay gold medalist Briana Williams [11.00], Teahna Daniels [10.98], Javiane Oliver [10.96], Mujinga Kambundji [10.96], and Marie Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, who ran a personal best 10.78 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson