Sha’Carri Richardson Qualifies for Tokyo Olympics, Reveals Recent Death of Mother

Richardson is looking to become the first American woman to win gold in the 100 meters since Gail Devers in 1996

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Sha'Carri Richardson Sha'Carri Richardson celebrates after winning the women's 100-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Eugene, Ore.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
By: Alyssa Wilson

Sha’Carri Richardson took social media and the world by storm after earning her place as part of the U.S. Track & Field contingent for the Tokyo Olympics. According to ESPN, she is competing in her first Olympic Trials at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The 21-year-old won the 100-meter race with a time of 10.86 seconds.  

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After the race, she ran into the stands to embrace her family and explained their influence on her. “My family has kept me grounded,” she said. “This year has been crazy for me. Going from just last week, losing my biological mother, and I’m still here.”  

It has not been an easy year for Richardson, but she says she is on a mission to make her family proud. “I’m still here. Last week, finding out my biological mother passed away and still choosing to pursue my dreams, still coming out here, still here to make the family that I do still have on this Earth proud,” she said. 

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Richardson became a star after a successful freshman season at Louisiana State University, where she claimed the 2019 NCAA title in the 100 meters. In the Miramar Invitational in April, she was the sixth-fastest person in history.  

On Thursday, she will compete in the 200 meters. She has the fastest qualifying time in the field of 22.11 seconds.