Sha'Carri Richardson speaks out after Xiamen Diamond League setback

Sha'Carri Richardson speaks out after Xiamen Diamond League setback

Festus Chuma 22:00 - 20.04.2024

Sha'Carri Richardson remains optimistic despite unexpected second-place finish in her season opener at the Xiamen Diamond League.

Sha'Carri Richardson has shown poise and focus after an unexpected second-place finish at the Xiamen Diamond League where Australian newcomer Torrie Lewis stole the limelight. 

Lewis, making her Diamond League debut, clocked a winning time of 22.96 seconds from the challenging lane nine, narrowly edging out Richardson who finished in 22.99 seconds.

 American sprinter Tamara Clark secured third place with a time of 23.01 seconds.

Despite the setback, Richardson, known for her resilience, remained upbeat about her performance.

 “I felt really good about it being the season opener. Kind of late for me in this season to open up, so I was a little nervous, but once I got on the track, it felt like home," Richardson shared.

The 24-year-old American sprinter, who was anticipated to dominate the 200m event, faced stiff competition not only from Lewis but also from her compatriot Tamara Clark, who has matched Richardson’s personal best of 21.92 seconds in the past.

 "I know what I need to work on, me and my coach. I'm pretty sure by the time I get back to the warm-up area, he's already from laying on how to get better for the next race," she noted.

Adding to her competitive spirit, Richardson emphasized her ambition for the upcoming Olympic year.

 "Definitely want to make the team in both. I’m not one of those athletes that just do one event,"she concluded.

Lewis, on the other hand, continued her ascent in the athletics world following her personal best of 22.94 seconds at the Australian National Championships last week.

Unaware of her victory until seeing the replay her performance in Xiamen has certainly announced her as a promising talent on the global stage.

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