By AFRO Staff

On Aug. 21 Sha’Carri  Richardson gained her  first official international  title in the 100 meter  dash. Richardson was an  outlier in lane 9 at the  2023 World Track and  Field Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she was crowned queen of  the race track.  

“It’s always been my  time, but now it’s my time  to actually do it for myself and the people that felt like me, the people  that look like me, and the  people that know the truth  about themselves as well.  I represent those people,” said Richardson, in an  interview with NBC after  her win. “I’m not worried  about the world anymore.  I’ve seen the world be my  friend, I’ve seen the world  turn on me. At the end of  the day, I’ve always been  with me. God has always  been with me. So being  on this scale now-it’s my  time.”  

Richardson is the first  woman ever to win gold in  this event at the Olympics  and world championships  without placing top two in  the semi-finals. Her victorious performance clocked in at  a blazing 10.65 seconds,  earning her the credence  of the fastest woman alive.  Richardson beat Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce of Jamaica,  who warmly embraced  her in a selfie after the big  win.  

The reaction to Richardson’s recent win  was much different than  the response she received  after her devastating last  place finish at the historic  Prefontaine Classic in  2021, where she competed  just one month after losing  her mother. 

It was there that she spoke prophetic words  over herself about what  would occur in her life and  track career. 

Sha’Carri Richardson won the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.65, just .16 seconds off of Florence Griffith Joyner’s world record. (Photo courtesy of Associated Press / Martin Meissner)

“This is one race. I’m not done. You know  what I’m capable of,” Richardson said after the race in Eugene, Ore.  “Count me out if you want  to. Talk all the [expletive]  you want, because I’m  here to stay. I’m not done.”

Even though she was banned from competing in her specialty event at the postponed 2021 Olympic games in Tokyo for using marijuana to cope with her mother’s death, she returned triumphant in the 2023 season, winning the 100 meter dash at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships with a time of 10.82 seconds.

Her advice to those following in her footsteps are simple, “I would say whatever you choose to do for yourself, make sure it benefits you, make sure it makes you happy, make sure you know that you got you despite anybody else,” the athlete said on an Instagram live.

Richardson was placed on a world stage at a young age. She started a legendary career as a standout freshman on the Louisiana State University’s (LSU) track and field team. There, she was  under the direction of coach Dennis Shaver. While at LSU Richardson earned a national collegiate title after running 10.75 seconds in the 100 meter dash becoming the ninth fastest woman in history while still in her first year of college before turning professional. 

However, after all of the attention, Richardson declared that she will not share much of her life after the world championships.

“I’m excited to go out there and share and explore. See what people. Just see what is for me,” Richardson shared on social media. “I am a champ. I am queen. I’m a goddess. I’m a Black woman. I am a woman.”

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