Sha'Carri Richardon dominates 100 meters in style to clinch trip to Tokyo Olympics
EUGENE, Ore. - Sha'Carri Richardson was the overwhelming favorite in the 100-meter run in the US Olympic Athletics Tests.
And on Saturday she left no doubt.
21-year-old Richardson officially cracked her ticket to Tokyo with ease and style, sailing to victory with a time of 10.86 seconds and cheering as soon as she crossed the finish line. It was the eighth fastest time in the world this year.
Javianne Oliver and Teahna Daniels completed the Olympic team in second and third place.
The US has not won an Olympic gold in the 100 since 1996, when Gail Devers finished second in a row. But the 5-foot-1 Richardson is without question the second best shooter in the country.
Richardson is from Dallas and was a college student at LSU. This year, Richardson hit the international stage with a combination of glowing times and a fiery personality. She had run three of the world's six fastest times this year before that weekend, including a 10.72 in April, while drawing attention to her long nails and ever-changing hair color. (It was bright orange this weekend.)
"My girlfriend actually picked my color," said Richardson on Friday. "She said it spoke to her, the fact that it was so loud and lively, and that's me."
Earlier on Saturday, before she won the final, Richardon ran a wind assisted 10.64 in her semifinal run and pointed to the clock as she crossed the finish line.
Contact Tom Schad at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Sha'Carri Richardson Dominates US Olympic Athletics Tests
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