On Saturday, track star Sha’Carri Richardson has found her momentum after winning a wind-assisted women’s 100-meter race at Montverde, Florida’s 2022 Star Athletics Sprint Series.
Richardson competed in her second run of the day, clocking at 10.73 seconds with the help of a +4.3 m/s tailwind to secure first place, Nationwide 90 FM reported.
The 22-year-old was initially scheduled to compete in the 200m race, but she opted out and watched from the sidelines. Jenna Prandini, who won second place at 10.75, took the victory in 22.01 (+3.1 m/s), and fellow sprinter Twanisha Terry finished third place at 10.85 seconds.
Earlier in the day, Richardson clocked 10.82 seconds with the help of a +3.5 m/s tailwind heading into the final race at the event.
Last month, the Dallas native won the women’s 100-meter race during the 2022 Duval County Challenge American Track League, Sis2Sis reported.
The event was held on May 21 at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, and the first time Richardson has competed since losing at the World Athletics Continental Tour in Italy last September.
After a slow start at 11.37 with a headwind of 1.5 m/s in the fourth, she ultimately redeemed herself by coming in first place at 11.27 seconds while competing in the rain.
“This is interesting. About an hour after the first race, some women from the 100 in Jax doubled back and raced again in the opposite direction. Didn’t hear a wind reading, but Sha’Carri Richardson looked a lot better — ran 11.27 and won the race despite celebrating early,” Jonathan Gault, staff writer for LetsRun.com, said in a tweet.
As for why this race happened…initially there were supposed to be prelims and a final but that was scrapped after schedule was changed due to weather. First race also came into a 1.5 headwind. For the second race, they flipped the orientation of the track. pic.twitter.com/00XuKa3fZh
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) May 22, 2022
Richardson reportedly backed out of three scheduled meets this season, including the highly-anticipated matchup against Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the Kip Keino Classic. However, her recent wins make her look even more impressive on the field as she prepares for the World Athletic Championships.
The 2022 World Athletic Championships will be held in Eugene, Oregon starting Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 24.