American Sha’Carri Richardson delivered another impressive 100m victory, clocking 10.77sec into a 1.2m/sec headwind to triumph at the USA Track and Field Golden Games in Walnut, California.
Richardson, the 21-year-old who became the sixth-fastest woman in history last month with a time of 10.72sec at a meeting in Florida, was in impressive form again on the Mt. San Antonio College track, where she clocked a stunning 10.74sec in the heats.
Although she couldn’t suppress a little shrug of disappointment at failing to improve on that in the final, Richardson said she knew she had more in her with the US Olympic trials and Tokyo Games fast approaching.
“Definitely was expecting a different time, a different execution,” she said, adding that, in addition to the headwind, having to reset more than once at the start was a bit unsettling.
“At the end of the day there’s no excuses,” she said. “(I) executed a fine race, I walked away with the ‘Dub’ (W). So I’m not disappointed.”
But she is focused on making history in the event in which only Florence Griffith Joyner—whose world record of 10.49sec was set in 1988—and Carmelita Jeter and Marion Jones have broken 10.7sec.
“At the end of the day, I know I can do better,” she said. “Whenever it comes, it comes, but most definitely want to make history.
I want to let everybody know every time I step on the track it’s going to be an unbelievable presentation.”
American Cravon Gillespie won the men’s 100m in 9.96sec (wind, 1.9m/sec). Compatriot Isiah Young was second in 9.99 and Chris Belcher third in 10.01.—APP