Richardson rakes in another convincing win, Fahnbulleh’s weakness comes to the fore again as Jaydon Hibbert and Britton Wilson excel at the SEC Championships.
What a weekend we had in the world of athletics! Guess we never stop saying this every time. But really, these last few days gave fans of the sport actions to salivate for the rest of the week, and as usual, we’ve brought them to the fore to stir up the conversation.
Sha’Carri Richardson is ridiculously good. Can she maintain the momentum?
Another race off the mark for US Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, another easy win for her! After behind the subject of controversy (she always is) prior to a potential match-up against Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce in the women’s 100m at this year’s Kip Keino classic, the American put those issues behind her to record yet another dominant win in the women’s 200m in 22.07s.
Richardson 2.0, if you prefer to call it that way, looks more trimmed, focused, and less distracted. We should be scared, really. How much faster can she run? In Nairobi, inside a packed Kasarani stadium, the American still found a way to make the 200m classy. That’s what she does. And the attraction is mutual, too.
That celebration 🔥
Sha’Carri Richardson is the moment as she wins the women’s 200m at the @KipKeinoClassic in a 22.07 meeting record.#ContinentalTourGold pic.twitter.com/mNdGTWfiEW
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) May 13, 2023
Here, her compatriot Kyra Jefferson and was the closest to her in terms of pedigree. Very few were expecting Richardson to fluff her lines. But with her, stranger things have happened. Not anymore, though. She was away in what looked like a flash and ate up the stagger on her rivals less than 50m into the race.
Heading into the home straight, there was always going to be one winner in the end. The manner of the win was so commanding she started celebrating with less than 40m to go. No arm movement, smiling from cheek to cheek; it was Bolt-like. With all of the showboating, she still managed to run a Meet Record.
Richardson is looking good for the money at this point, and this performance would most certainly put a scare in her rivals’ hearts. With the sort of form she’s in at the moment, one can’t rule out a potential double at the world championships.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce needs to manage her body well for the rest of the season.
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