EUGENE – Sha’Carri Richardson could have walked a victory lap, but chose to keep running and jumped into the stands to hug her grandmother. With the eight women in the women’s 100-meter final at the US Olympic Trials unable to catch up, the photographers and broadcasters took it upon themselves to climb the Hayward Field stairs and into a suite to celebrate with their family.
“Honestly, that probably felt better than winning the race itself,” Richardson said.
In a post-race interview with NBC Sports, Richardson revealed that his biological mother died a week before the Trials. Richardson said she did not feel comfortable sharing details about the details of her grandmother’s relationship with her.
“My family has kept me grounded,” Richardson said. “This year has been crazy for me. Going on from losing my birth mother last week, I passed away and I still choose to pursue my dream, I keep coming here and I keep trying to make the family that I still have on this earth proud. “
“My family is my everything,” he added. “My everything until the day I finish.”
For Richardson, it was a crowning America’s best hope for a gold medal in the women’s 100 meters. The LSU alum sent shockwaves into the sprint universe in 2019 when she scored a 10.75 to win the 2019 NCAA title to set college records. She was unable to make the US national team for the world championships in 2019 and now has a chance to correct that mistake and become the first gold medalist for the United States in the 100-meter since Gail Devers in 1996 (Reminder: Marion Jones’ gold medal in 2000 was stripped due to doping violations).
Richardson ran 10.72 in April to become the sixth fastest woman in history. In Tokyo, expect a showdown with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah from Jamaica. Fraser-Pryce recorded the world’s fastest time of 10.63 (+1.3 m / s) in Kingston, Jamaica, on June 5. Thompson-Herah took gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the last Olympics and ran 10.78 (+1.8 m / s) on May 2.
Javianne Oliver and Teahna Daniels ran 10.99 and 11.03 for second and third places and will be heading to their first Olympics.
Other highlights of day 2
- American record holder Valarie Allman won the U.S. Olympic Trials women’s discus throwing title.With a throw of 69.92 m, she heads to the Tokyo Olympics in search of becoming the first American medalist in the event since Stephanie Brown Trafton won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- In the women’s 100m hurdles, the search for 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 silver medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson to attempt to form a third Olympic team and first as a mother came to an end in the first round. She finished fifth in her respective series. The top three in each series and the next two fastest advanced to the semifinals and Harper-Nelson’s 13.12 was not fast enough.
- Reigning Olympic champion Brianna McNeal, who was sentenced for five years for tampering with part of a doping control process and is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, advances to the women’s 100-meter hurdles semifinal with the second best time of the day 12.50 . The appeal will be heard before the Tokyo Olympics and, if the ban is upheld, it would miss the next Olympics and the 2024 Games in Paris.
- World record holder Keni Harrison recorded the fastest women’s 100-meter hurdles time of the. day with a 12.49.
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- In the men’s 100 meters, Trayvon Bromell, who entered the Trials with the best time in the world (9.77), won his respective men’s 100-meter tie in 9.84 (2.7 m / s). 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin, now 39, finished second with 9.93 in his bid to make his fourth Olympic team.
- Allyson Felix safely advanced to the eight-women’s women’s 400-meter final on Sunday night. She is trying to be a part of her fifth US Olympic team and her first as a mother. Felix can finish in the top six of the final and qualify for Tokyo as a possible member of the USA 4x400m relay group.
- There were no big surprises in the women’s 1,500 meter semi-final. Nikki Hiltz, a 2019 world championship finalist who came out as a non-binary transgender on March 31, posted the best time of the semifinal with 4: 05.87. Hiltz told reporters that he predicts it will take a performance of less than four minutes to make the Olympic team. Seven women in the final hold the Tokyo Olympic banner.
- No surprises in the semifinals of the men’s 800 meters. Bryce Hoppel, a former Kansas star who finished fourth in the 2019 world championships, ran the fastest time of the round at 1: 46.00. Donavan Brazier, the American record holder and current world champion, has a chance to make his first Olympic team in Monday’s final.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.