By: Kriel Ibarrola

It wasn’t the smoothest finish for Sha’Carri Richardson in Day 2 of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials. But in the end, her strong amazing 10.64 run in the semis got the job done and earned her a hard-fought slot with Team USA for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

After her splendid run in the semis, the 21-year-old track star actually regressed in the finals and finished at 10.86 seconds.

Luckily for Richardson, her competitors failed to cash in on the opportunity and finished the course with a lower score. Javianne Oliver finished at 10.99 seconds, while Teahna Daniels completed the course at 11.03 seconds.

The pair will still join Richardson as US representatives in the 100-meter dash. Jenna Prandini (11.11) and English Gardner (11.16) failed to make the cut.

Following her impressive victory, Richardson still had some energy to burn as she sprinted to the stands to greet her family.

"My grandmother is my heart. My grandmother is my superwoman," Richardson said, per a report from Tom Schad of USA Today.

"Honestly, that was one of my biggest goals in life – to have her see me compete in one of the highest levels, and be successful.”

At just 21, Richardson is the youngest of Team USA's three 100-meter qualifiers and a favorite for a podium finish in the Olympics.

While it’s often her flashy hair color that often stands out, Richardson’s talent is undeniable and has even been compared to world-record holder Florence Griffith Joyner.



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