Sha’Carri Richardson Finishes Last in First Race Since Her Marijuana Suspension
UPDATE: Sha’Carri Richardson‘s return to the track did not result in a victory. The sprinter, who lost the chance to compete in the Olympics after testing positive for marijuana, came in ninth and last place in the women’s 100-meter dash at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, Aug. 21.
Her time of 11.14 seconds was well behind Olympic gold medalist winner Elaine Thompson-Herah, who clocked 10.54 seconds for the second-fastest women’s time in history, ESPN reported. Later in the day, Richardson withdrew from the women’s 200-meter race.
“It was a great return back to the sport,” Richardson told NBC, according to ESPN. “I wanted to be able to come and perform having a month off.”
She continued, Not upset at myself at all. This is one race. I’m not done. You know what I’m capable of.” She added, “Count me out if you want to. Talk all the s–t you want, cause I’m here to stay. I’m not done. I’m the sixth-fastest woman in this game, ever. And can’t nobody ever take that from me. Congratulations to the winners. Congratulations to the people that won, but they’re not done seeing me yet. Period.”
Sha’Carri Richardson s leaving her critics in the dust as she gets ready to make her comeback on the track after losing the chance to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to a failed drug test.
The 21-year-old sprinter is set to compete in the 100- and 200-meter events at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, Aug. 21. It takes place in Eugene, Oregon, where she tested positive for THC, the main psychoactive constituent of marijuana, at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials on Jun 19, the day she won the women’s 100-meter final.