Sha’Carri Richardson’s return to track after being banned from the Tokyo Olympics over marijuana use did not go as planned. The sprinter finished in last out of nine runners in the 100-meter race and withdrew from the 200-meter race in the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.
Elaine Thompson-Herah, an Olympic Gold Medalist representing Jamaica, won with 10.54 seconds, which is now the second fastest women’s time in history behind Florence Joyner’s 10.49 in 1988.
“It was a great return back to the sport,” Richardson said in an NBC interview after Saturday’s race. “I wanted to be able to come and perform having a month off. … Not upset at myself at all. This is one race. I’m not done. You know what I’m capable of.
“Count me out if you want to. Talk all the s— 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.”
Her loss sparked massive backlash on social media, with many saying Richardson’s arrogance got the better of her and that she had not trained enough to compete against the revered Jamaican women’s track team.
— Michael Cox (@Ones_and_zero) August 22, 2021
Fingers and mouth moving faster than ur legs. Focusing on the wrong thing aren’t we pic.twitter.com/C6r5nps9KU
— 😔 (@Failure_Ent_) August 22, 2021
Just a couple weeks ago, Richardson was USA’s Star Girl. She won the hearts and admiration of people across the nation with her triumphant win and family-first attitude.
Even when the sprinter was suspended from the United States Track and Field Team for a positive marijuana test, fans poured out in support and urged the American Olympic committee to let Richardson run.
But the last few interviews leading up to the race and the latest defeat are leaving many wondering, is Richardson’s post-Olympic “attitude” getting the best (or worst) of her?
Many feel that Richardson is just very vocal about her confidence and believes in her abilities. Others think that Richardson is arrogant, and that arrogance led to her undermining the competition and landing in last place.
Supporters are calling out the hypocrisy of people who supported Richardson while she was winning and are now kicking her while she’s down.
One thing is for certain, while this is Richardson’s first time back competing on the track, she has a long way to go before she can expect to beat some of the greatest track stars in the world.
Get your mind right first, and the rest will follow.