21-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson became the sixth-fastest woman in history after winning at the Miramar Invitational in Florida. The former Louisiana State University sprinter crossed the finish line with a time of 10.72 during the 100-meter dash.
Following the race Richardson talked about her plans for the season with usatf.tv saying, “My season is going to be unbelievable, something that I haven’t been expecting, something that the world hasn’t been expecting.”
“I’m not done yet,” she added. “There’s more work to be done, there’s ways to get faster, there’s ways to become better. So we’re going back to the drawing board.”
Her latest victory moved her up from the number 9 spot on the all-time list to the number 6 spot. Her number 9 ranking was a result of a 10.75 time that was her personal best at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships. It was there that she won the national title and set the collegiate record in the 100-meter race.
Not long after setting that record Richardson placed eight during the USATF Outdoor Championships which barred her from participating in the World Championships. “As an athlete, you have to take your losses just as good as your wins,” Richardson said post USA tournament. “If you can’t do that, you’re not a good athlete, in my opinion.”
She had a bigger goal of becoming an Olympian in the future and that is when she decided to transition from the collegiate path to professional training.
In an interview with Team USA she explained, “Training here with [coach] Dennis Mitchell has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I love that he’s a coach that’s going to make sure you’re the athlete you tell him you want to be, on and off the track. I’m glad I came. It’s a great environment for training.”
She went on to say, “I knew that to get to the next level I had to make myself uncomfortable, meaning push myself to a limit I hadn’t pushed myself to before.”
Richardson is in great company considering the only women faster than her include, Florence Griffith Joyner, Carmelita Jeter, Marion Jones, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Elaine Thompson-Herah.
With her sights set on representing the USA at Tokyo’s summer she has to finish in the top three during
the upcoming Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.