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Sha’Carri Richardson Wins World 100-Meter Gold

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Sha’Carri Richardson used a thunderous last 40 meters to win the 100 meters at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, taking the gold medal in a championship record time of 10.65.

After having one of the slower starts in the field, Richardson timed her race to perfection to win her first global championship and become the first American woman to win the event since the late Tori Bowie in 2017. Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce—both of Jamaica—finished in second and third place, respectively.

Richardson threw her hands up in celebration just before crossing the line, but she looked to be in shock while waiting for her official time afterward. She then sprinted down the track in joy.

The time was a personal best for Richardson, and she’s now tied for the fifth-fastest time ever at 100 meters, along with Jackson and Marion Jones.

Richardson made it a 100-meter gold medal sweep for the United States at the World Championships, after Noah Lyles won the men’s race on Sunday in 9.83.

Although she failed to qualify for the World Championships last year, the 23-year-old has had an impressive return-to-form in 2023. In April, she opened up her season with a blistering 10.57 in the 100 meters, and even though the time wasn’t wind-legal (+4.1), it still ignited an impressive campaign. Richardson has only lost once in the 100 meters this season—at July’s Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix to Julien Alfred—and she took home her first U.S. title in the 100 meters on July 7, winning in 10.82 over Brittany Brown and Tamari Davis.

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The path to the final was up-and-down for Richardson. On Sunday, in the opening heat, she comfortably qualified in 10.92, easing up at the line. But in the semi-finals earlier on Monday, Richardson only finished third in her heat, behind Jackson and Marie-Josée Ta Lou. Her time of 10.84, however, was fast enough to qualify her for the final.

Richardson will contest the 200 meters next, which begin with preliminary rounds on Wednesday, August 23 at 6:05 a.m. ET. The semi-finals will occur the next day, Thursday, at 1:45 p.m. ET. The final is set for 3:40 p.m. ET on Friday.

Richardson is also entered in the 4×100-meter relay pool, meaning she is among the athletes who could be selected to race a leg. The final will kick off at 3:50 p.m. on Saturday, August 26.

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Theo Kahler is the news editor for Runner’s World. He is a former all-conference collegiate runner who’s based in Easton, PA. Previously, he worked as the newsletters editor at Runner’s World, Bicycling, and Popular Mechanics.

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