21-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson made history becomes the sixth-fastest woman in the world, according to Blavity.
Richardson has become a star as a sprinter at Louisiana State University (LSU). In 2019, she earned two junior world records, breaking the college record for the 100-meter dash as a freshman, at 10.99 seconds. The same day she broke the 200-meter dash record at 22.37 seconds. She would go on to win big at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, breaking Dawn Sowell’s 30-year-record, coming in at 10.75 seconds. Despite her victorious year, she fell short eight weeks later, placing eighth at the USATF Outdoor Championships and missing the chance to represent the U.S. at the World Championships.
“As an athlete, you have to take your losses just as good as your wins. If you can’t do that, you’re not a good athlete, in my opinion,” Richardson told reporters at the time.
Not long after Richardson decided to transition from a college athlete to training professionally, landing a Nike running deal.
“Training here with [coach] Dennis Mitchell has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I love that he’s a coach that’s going to make sure you’re the athlete you tell him you want to be, on and off the track. I’m glad I came. It’s a great environment for training. I knew that to get to the next level, I had to make myself uncomfortable, meaning push myself to a limit I hadn’t pushed myself to before,” Richardson said.
Richardson competed at the Miramar Invitational, clocking in at 10.72 seconds during the 100-meter dash and making history as the sixth-fastest woman in the world.
“I’m not done yet. There’s more work to be done; there’s ways to get faster, there’s ways to become better. So we’re going back to the drawing board,” she told the USA Track and Field (USATF).