Defiant sprint darling Richardson eyes Diamond League after missing Worlds

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Eugene (United States) (AFP) – Sha’Carri Richardson’s confidence wasn’t enough to lift her to a spot on the U.S. World Championships team, but the rising sprint star vowed her season wasn’t over.

“We’re not done, baby,” Richardson said Sunday after failing to qualify for the 200m final at the US World Championship Trials in Eugene.

Two days earlier, she had shockingly failed to qualify in the first round of her favorite event, the 100m.

It’s the latest setback for the talented 22-year-old from Texas, who won the 100m at the US Olympic trials last year only to miss the Tokyo Games after being suspended for 30 days for testing positive for marijuana.

But Richardson said there was still a lot to accomplish in 2022.

“That girl won’t be at Worlds, as we know,” she said. “This season is not over. Overseas, I will definitely bring some Texas drift over the water.”

Richardson had prepared for American competition with a second-place finish to Aleia Hobbs in the 100m at the New York Grand Prix, bouncing back to win the 200m.

“I would describe this season as part of my journey, and my journey is a long walk that is not over, no matter the reviews, no matter the media, no matter the flesh involved,” she said. . “My journey is mine and I’m so excited to continue on it.”

The thoughtful comments came after Richardson took the media to task for what she called a lack of respect.

“I’m coming to say, not just on my behalf but on behalf of all the athletes, that when you’re doing interviews you should all respect the athletes more,” said Richardson, who had brushed off reporters after her races but returned afterward. the encounter ended to deliver his broadside.

“You should all understand if they just won, if they lost, whatever the case.”

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