In a stunning victory at the track-and-field world championships in Budapest, Sha’Carri Richardson, the American sprinter, blazed across the finish line in just 10.65 seconds for the women’s 100-meter race. Richardson’s triumph marked her triumphant return after facing challenges in recent years. She didn’t do well in the U.S. championships in 2022 and was kept from the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 due to using cannabis, which sparked discussions about fair rules in sports.
With incredible determination, Richardson sprinted past Jamaican favorites Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, cementing her position as the fastest woman globally. After her victory, she confidently stated, “I’m not back. I’m better, and I’ll continue to be better.”
Back in 2021, Richardson’s unique style, including her distinctive orange wig and distinct coffin-cut nails, drew attention. She won the 100-meter race at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, making her a top contender for the Tokyo Olympics. However, a positive marijuana test led to a suspension, keeping her from the Games.
During her suspension, Richardson faced her challenges head-on and emerged stronger, stating, “It just was me that was standing in my way. Now I’m with myself.”
Looking ahead, Richardson has her eyes set on the 2024 Paris Olympics. She boldly shared her aspirations on social media: “Paris 2024, history will be made.”
Re-reported from the article originally published in The Cut.