Sha Carri Richardson Is the Fastest Woman in the World

Sha Carri Richardson Is the Fastest Woman in the World

The 2023 World Track and Field Championships is officially unfolding with incredible excitement.
It’s only day three, ladies and gentlemen, and we’ve already witnessed various historic
performances.
In the men’s 10,000 meters, Joshua Cheptegei has just completed the mythical three-peat,
winning in 2019, 2022, and now in 2023, making him one of the very few athletes to ever complete
this.
In the men’s 100, Noah Lyles shut down every single one of the haters across the globe,
winning this extremely competitive final in 9.83, a new personal record and one of the
most clutch performances of his career.
And not to be overshadowed by the previous two events, it’s the super high drama unfolding
in the men’s 400, as not just one, not two, but three new national records were set in
the opening heats, with Ingvaldsson from Norway leading the way with a super quick time of
44.39.
This year’s World Championships are already proving to be absolute fire, with great performance
after great performance happening every single day.
However, arguably the single most anticipated event of this entire competition comes in
the women’s 100, as this event has endless drama and various favorites to bring home
one of the most prestigious titles in all of athletics.
Now if you’re a fan of track and field, it is absolutely mandatory that you be excited
about this event.
We have the legend herself Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price looking to win her sixth individual title,
we have the ever-improving Jamaican talent Sharika Jackson, last year’s world champion
over the 200 meters, there’s the American challenger Sha’Carri Richardson, who has
looked nearly untouchable this season, there’s also Marie-Josée Tallulh, the veteran racer
from the Ivory Coast, there’s Julian Alfred, the St. Lucien talent who has currently not
lost a single race this season, and beyond these top-tier sprinters, we also have many
incredibly talented athletes, including Eva Swoboda, Brittany Brown, Natasha Morrison,
Daryl Nita, and Dena Asher-Smith, just to name a few.
What makes this race so exciting is the true history at stake for various runners, there’s
legendary territory to approach for Fraser-Price, there’s the goal to break up the Jamaican
and American dominance, plus there’s the goal for many, to disrupt the big names and
achieve something that nobody saw coming.
Now for the opening round of this Women’s 100, things were pretty much as expected,
you had Sha’Carri Richardson running the fastest time on the day at 10.92, followed
closely by Eva Swoboda and Julian Alfred, the only three to break 11 seconds on this
day.
Now the full lineup of sprinters who qualified into the semis also included every single
one of the big names that you would expect, as Fraser-Price, Asher-Smith, Jackson, and
all qualified, and in order to make it into the semis, you had to run a time of 11.26
or faster.
This is fairly standard territory for the Women’s 100, but just like we saw on the
men’s side, when the semi-finals finally arrived, some real drama started to unfold.
For these semi-finals races in the Women’s 100 meters, the first two heats were very
fast, with Fraser-Price winning Heat 1 in 10.89 seconds, and for Heat 2, we saw Sharika
Jackson light up the track with an effortless finish of 10.79, tying to the 100th of a second
with Marie-José Toulou.
At this point, many of the big names were already through, however with a very slow
start of .22 seconds, more than double the allowable reaction time, Sha’Carri Richardson
finished third in Heat 2, running a time of 10.84.
This time put her in third place behind Sharika Jackson and Toulou, and this was a rather
scary moment, because she would now have to wait until Heat 3 to see if she made it into
the finals or not.
Now the first two heats certainly showcased a decent amount of drama, however for Heat
3, we saw Julianne Alfred, this year’s NCAA champion and 60 meter champion, false start,
or at least we thought she did, because just a few minutes after calling the athletes back,
she only got a warning from the official, and thankfully, she was allowed to stay in
the semifinals.
Now the reason that this is such a huge deal, is because in last year’s world championships,
she was eliminated by the official for an actual false start, and if any of you remember,
last year’s false starts were out of control, with many athletes getting disqualified by
less than 1 100th of a second.
The moment that she was called back, I’m sure she had a moment of disbelief, and when
they saw the reaction times, her name came up as under .1 seconds, but thankfully she
got back into the blocks, and she actually won this third heat with a time of 10.92.
This semifinals was quite stressful for multiple athletes, but the final is now officially
set with every single one of the big names officially ready to compete, so now, it is
the moment that we have all been waiting for, who will win the women’s 100 meter dash
in the 2023 world championships.
With arguably the single most talented field in women’s 100 meter history, we saw a new
face emerge, as the winner in 2023, because against the history of the 100 meters, and
the most talented field ever assembled, Sha’Carri Richardson just won the 2023 world championships
with a new championship record time of 10.65 seconds, taking down Shellyann Fraser-Price,
and taking down Fraser-Price’s previous championship record, which she set last season at 10.67.
Now finishing in second was Sharika Jackson in 10.72, and finishing in third was Shellyann
Fraser-Price in 10.77.
This was easily Sha’Carri Richardson’s greatest moment to date, running all the way out in
lane 9, she somehow pulled out a 10.65, winning the global gold against the greatest competition
ever assembled.
Honestly, this race was unreal, as many people counted out Sha’Carri from the very beginning,
but this just shows the true talent that is Sha’Carri Richardson, and the remainder of
2023 looks incredible.
Thanks for watching everyone, and as always, until next time.

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