Sha’Carri Richardson will surprisingly not compete in the 100 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene next month. At the qualifying tournament in Oregon, the American did not get further than the series on Thursday.
Richardson clocked a time of 11.31 seconds, which was not enough to advance to the semifinals at Hayward Field athletics complex. Only the top three qualify for the global final tournament. At 11.31, she was also considerably slower than her best season time, which stands at 10.85 seconds.
Last year, eccentric Richardson missed the Olympics after being banned for a month for using marijuana. With a personal best of 10.72 seconds, she was one of the favorites for a medal. She is the sixth fastest woman ever over 100 meters at that time.
Richardson can still qualify for the 200 meters at the World Cup in his own country. In qualifying this weekend she will compete against specialists Abby Steiner and Gabby Thomas, the third fastest woman ever at that distance.
The World Athletics Championships will be held from July 15 to July 24. Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the reigning world champion in the 100 meters. In the 200 meters the title is in the name of the British Dina Asher-Smith.