After Withdrawing from Kip Keino Classic, It’s Time to Ask: Where Is Sha’Carri Richardson?

By LetsRun.com
May 5, 2022

For the third time this season, American sprint star Sha’Carri Richardson appears to have withdrawn from a meet without any explanation. Initially announced for a high-profile showdown with reigning world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica at Saturday’s Kip Keino Classic World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meet in Nairobi, Kenya, Richardson is not listed among the entries.

Richardson was also scheduled to compete at both the Texas Relays (March 25-26) and the USATF Bermuda Games (April 9) but withdrew from both meets without explanation. For comparison’s sake, last year, she opened up her season on April 3rd and that was when the Olympics were in August. This year, the World Championships will be over on July 24th. Her agent Renaldo Nehemiah did not respond to a request for comment from LetsRun.com.

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Last year, at the age of 21, Richardson ran 10.72 seconds in the 100 meters (#6 on the all-time list) and won the US Olympic Trials in 10.86 only to be disqualified after testing positive for marijuana. That caused her to miss her first Olympics, but she returned after serving a one-month ban and ran three mediocre end-of-season races, including a last-place 11.14 in the 100 meters at the Prefontaine Classic. She ran 11.19 in her final race of the season, September 3 in Padua, Italy, and has not raced since.

Richardson has made no official comment on her series of withdrawals but did post two notable tweets complaining about the US Anti-Doping Agency last week.

When healthy, Richardson is the top 100-meter sprinter in the country but the US championships, which will be held June 23-26 in Eugene, Ore., are less than two months away and it remains unclear when Richardson will make her 2022 season debut.

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