After several major losses, controversies and online backlash, promising athletics star Sha’Carri Richardson returned to the court for a fantastic comeback over the weekend in Jacksonville, Florida.
In the 2022 Duval County Challenge American Track League tie, the 22-year-old made an unexpected appearance at Saturday’s event at Hodges Stadium. It was the first time she has raced after withdrawing from three competitions three months earlier without any explanation earlier this year. Richardson was scheduled to face Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the Kip Keino Classic.
Running in a rainy 1.5m/s headwind, the Dallas native finished in fourth place, with a time of 11.37 in the women’s 100 meters – a big difference from her all-time record of 10.72 from April 2021. Essentially Sports reported that about an hour into the race, the uphill sprinter and several others competed on a reverse track orientation, where Richardson finished first this time in 11, 27 seconds.
Richardson was reportedly seen celebrating before the match ended and was later seen embracing her other opponents.
Essentially Sports noted that it is unclear why there was a replay when the original schedule only listed a preliminary race and a final. However, due to bad weather, only one race was held. Also, not all competitors from the previous game were present, including its winner Aleia Hobbs.
While news of Richardson’s encounter didn’t make many outlets, several blogs caught on, and fans were happy to see the young star was back, including one Instagram user who commented: “AS IT SHOULD, we love a good comeback story.” Another fan wrote: “Resilience, I love seeing it in my people.” “I love how it looks like she’s gonna lose but then she speeds up, takes! I’m rooting for her! wrote a third online user.
Some fans encouraged the athlete to keep pushing. The comments echoed those of one person who wrote, “Don’t let these people force you to be humble because they see the material.
As previously reported, Richard has suffered a series of setbacks in the last year since his Olympic Trials victory was disqualified due to a positive marijuana test. She was eventually cut from the team entirely.