Richardson

With a total of 1,472 points, Sha’Carri Richardson has taken the top spot in the women’s 100m rankings for the first time in her career.

Following her recent victories at the World Athletics Championships, where she won two gold medals and one bronze, Sha’ Carri Richardson has skyrocketed to the top of the Track and Field world and established herself as one of the fastest women alive.

Richardson achieved a gold medal in the 100-meter event at the World Championships in Budapest in 2023, setting a new personal best. She finished the race in just 10.65 seconds, edging out Jamaica’s top two contenders, Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who finished the race in 10.72 seconds and 10.77 seconds, respectively.

Richardson also won a bronze medal when she finished third in the 200 m, only 0.51 seconds behind first-place finisher Shericka Jackson. And finally, she anchored another United States victory in the women’s 4 by 100m, with the fastest time of 41.03 seconds. She teamed up with Gabby Thomas and teammates Twanisha Terry and Tamari Davis.

She continued her winning streak in the Zurich leg of the Diamond League, where she claimed another gold medal for the USA. In the 100 meter event, Richardson rose to the top of the leaderboard when she finished the race in just 10.88 seconds.

Shericka Jackson, who has a total of 1,455 points, is in second place behind Richardson. And, Marie-Josee Ta Lou finished third with 1,452 points overall.

 

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Richardson’s Star Quality

These recent performances of hers were a major factor in her ascension to the 100 m rankings in 2023.

But more than this, she has always been one to stand out from the crowd. With her brightly colored hair and nails down to her cute and attractive outfits, everything about Richardson’s style just screamed ‘star in the making’.

“No matter what color my hair is. No matter how long my nails are. No matter how outspoken I am. My talent speaks for itself. When I step on the track, it doesn’t matter what I look like,” said Richardson.

In 2021, a professor from the University of Arkansas, Eric Darnell Pritchard, also commented on Richardson’s unique aesthetic as an athlete.

“Being ‘too much’ is an important act of self-possession, self-expression and self-affirmation,” says Pritchard.

“We see it in Richardson’s statement ‘I am THAT girl’ but we also see it in her aesthetics. It is imperative for black women to do and be supported in doing it because it is not space that is freely given to them in the world.”

“I think there is some southern sensibilities and pride within her style aesthetics, he said, alluding to her birthplace of Dallas, Texas.

“From her hair, nails, outfit and attitude, the desire to visually elicit vibrancy through personal style is southern to the bone.” He continued.

Richardson stands out from the crowd as a one-of-a-kind athlete, an unapologetic self-expressionist, and a dedicated, hard-working individual who is passionate about achieving her goals.

But whether it’s being an athlete or being aesthetic out in the field, one fact remains at the end of the day: Richardson lands on top.

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