Sha’Carri Richardson is a name to remember. On June 19, she participated in the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team 100m Trials in Eugene, Oregon and secured her spot for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Richardson, 21, qualified in the semifinals of the 100-meter-dash with a whopping 10.64 seconds. She dominated the track and even had time to give a shout-out to her haters. 30 meters before the race finished, Richardson pointed at the clock and crossed the finish line shouting, “Stop f*cking playing with me!”
The next step was her fiery finals race which she finished in 10.87 seconds. On queue, she let out another war cry, “I’m a f**king Olympian!” The upcoming Olympic games will be her first.
“I’m a f**king Olympian!”
Sha’Carri Richardson is headed to Tokyo 👏
— Blue Wire Podcasts (@bluewirepods) June 20, 2021
The speedy, second and third place track starlets who ran against Richardson, Javianne Olive and Teahna Daniels, will also join Team USA for the Olympics.
After qualifying, the LSU tracklete ran to her grandmother, Betty Harp, for a touching embrace.
“My grandmother is my heart, my superwoman,” the Dallas native said to Runners World. “To have her here at the biggest meet of my life, it’s just amazing. That probably felt better than winning the races, just being able to hold her after becoming an Olympian.”
— On Her Turf (@OnHerTurf) June 20, 2021
While Richardson celebrated her victorious win at the Olympics trials on Saturday, she also revealed that her biological mother died last week.
In a post-race interview with ABC Richardson said, “Nobody knows what I go through. Everybody has struggles and I understand that. But y’all see me on this track and y’all see the poker face I put on. But nobody but [my family] and my coach know what I go through…and I’m highly grateful to them. Without them, there would be no me.”
BRO IM SO HAPPY FOR HER pic.twitter.com/hpufV1ZtML
— Reginald. (@Sheer__Opulence) June 20, 2021