For the first time in 2021, sensational American sprinter – Sha’Carri Richardson could not find the right spike to cause an upset in a major event having failed to leave a footprint at the Gateshead Diamond League on Sunday, May 23.

The 21-year-old sprinter went into Gateshead with the three fastest times in the women’s 100m this season – 10.72, 10.74 and 10.77 seconds but could only finish second [11.44], behind Dina Asher-Smith [11.35] seconds.

Despite not living up to expectations, Richardson said she is proud of her race and will be back stronger:

“I’m happy with my race. I’m definitely proud that I was able to execute and now I know what I need to go back and work on and what I need to get better at.

“This won’t be the last time that I’m going to line up against these ladies and I want to let the world know and let the ladies know that I’m here to compete just as well as they’ve done for many years.

“I’m here to show them what I’m good at. I’m definitely looking forward to running in some sunshine next week in Doha!”

Dina Asher-Smith leading the spark in Gateshead Diamond League
Richardson added that the harsh weather condition affected the race yesterday:

“I feel really good. Conditions were far from ideal for sprinting but the most important thing is to come away with a good result and a win and I was very happy to do that.

“I think all in all today was more of an experience but the only thing that can indicate Tokyo is the Olympic final itself.

“I want to stay focused, do well and get better from here.”