Flamboyant United States sprinter – Sha’Carri Richardson could not control her temper in front of the camera after a disappointing finish at the Prefontaine Classic, Wanda Diamond League meet in Eugene, Oregon yesterday.

The return of Richardson took over the tabloids prior to Saturday’s final, but the American sprinter was nowhere to be found in the final analysis having been smoked by the Jamaican trio, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson on the tracks.

Richardson took off [from the blocks] slowly and never got into the race, ending at the back of the field in a pedestrian 11.14 seconds.

A bird eye view of the finished line

But, as characteristic of Richardson, the American sprinter was not sober despite her awful comeback performance:

“Coming out today, it was a great return back to the sport,” she said.

“I wanted to be able to come and perform after having a month off and dealing with all I was dealing with.

“I’m not upset with myself at all. This is one race. I’m not done.

“You know what I am capable of. Count me out if you want to.

“Talk all the s**t you want, because I am here to stay. I am not done.

“I am the sixth fastest woman in this game, ever. And nobody can ever take that from me. Congratulations to the winners, but they are not done seeing me yet. Period.”

She subsequently withdrew from the 200m race.

Sha’carri Richardson became the sixth fastest woman in April 2021 after posting a personal best of 10.72 seconds.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson