TOKYO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who was dominated out of the Olympics after being quickly banned for testing constructive for hashish, on Sunday applauded Jamaica’s sweep of the 100 metres led by Elaine Thompson-Herah’s record-breaking efficiency.
Thompson-Herah obliterated the Olympic report with a blistering 10.61 seconds dash on her approach to defend the title she gained in Rio 5 years in the past, changing into the second quickest lady in historical past and elevating herself to among the many greats within the iconic 100m occasion.
Double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gained silver whereas fellow compatriot Shericka Jackson took bronze.
“Congratulations to the women of Jamaica for the clear sweep,” Richardson, who had been a Tokyo medal contender earlier than the ban, wrote on Twitter. “Highly effective, sturdy black ladies dominating the game.”
The 21-year-old Richardson streaked to victory within the 100m on the U.S. Olympic trials in June, and was anticipated to be one of many high stars on the Video games in Japan.
She represented the most effective U.S. likelihood of a primary gold since Gail Devers gained in 1996, and after Marion Jones was stripped of the 2000 title for doping offences.
However issues unravelled for her after she gained the U.S. trials with a powerful 10.86s and examined constructive for hashish and was banned for a month, which dominated her out of the event.
Richardson stated she was coping with the dying of her mom on the time and america Anti-Doping Company (USADA) stated that her ban was decreased to at least one month as a result of she had used hashish out of competitors and it was unrelated to sport efficiency.
On Saturday in Tokyo, the lone American competing within the ultimate Teahna Daniels completed seventh with a time of 11.02.
“TO THE PODIUM WE GO”
It was one of many quickest finals on report with six sprinters out of the eight finalists working beneath 11 seconds, with Thompson-Herah main the pack.
“I believe I might’ve gone sooner if I wasn’t pointing and celebrating early,” she stated later.
In a tweet, Thompson-Herah touted her humble roots.
“Only a lil lady from BANANA GROUND who appreciated to run. Imagine In your goals work laborious and think about God,” she wrote.
Silver medallist Fraser-Pryce, who stated Tokyo 2020 can be her final Olympics, tweeted her satisfaction at seeing Jamaica’s dominance within the race.
“Legacy is not nearly successful, it is also about gracefully watching others shine. Even by means of disappointment,” she wrote. “Congratulations to 2 superb athletes Elaine and Shericka. To the rostrum we go!!”
Jamaica’s clear sweep confirmed its supremacy within the occasion, with 10 of the 12 accessible ladies’s 100m medals since 2008 going to them, together with all gold.
On Saturday, Fraser-Pryce stated the ultimate showcased the extent that feminine sprinting has achieved on the sport’s greatest stage.
“I am actually excited that feminine sprinting goes (to) one other degree and that is really outstanding,” she instructed reporters. “It speaks to the depth that we’ve by way of females.”
Richardson might be a part of that way forward for the game.
Reporting by Omar Mohammed; Enhancing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa & Shri Navaratnam
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