Sha’Carri Richardson Beats Fraser Pryce, Shericka Jackson Again As USA Win 4 by 100m Relay

Sha’Carri Richardson Beats Fraser Pryce, Shericka Jackson Again As USA Win 4 by 100m Relay

Martin Moses
updated at August 27, 2023 at 6:53 AM
  • Sha'Carri Richardson led the United States to a successful defence of their 4 by 100m relay title
  • USA beat Jamaica once again, with Richardson getting a perfect headstart on 200m champion Shericka Jackson
  • The win follows the triumph of their men's team in the same discipline a few minutes earlier

Sha'Carri Richardson anchored the United States to another gold medal in the women's 4 by 100m relay in a pulsating race on August 26.

The USA clocked a championship record of 41.03 seconds, beating a stacked Jamaican team headlined by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson. Great Britain, led by Daryll Neita, finished third.

Sha'Carri Richardson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, World Athletics Championships, Marie Jose Ta Lou
Team USA celebrates after winning the 4 by 100m relay on August 26. Photo by Steph Chambers.
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The silver medalists used a time of 41.21 seconds, with Great Britain clocking 41.97 seconds. Jamaica had poor handoff on the bend, with Fraser-Pryce reportedly suffering a muscle sprain, allowing the Americans to open a gap.

By the time Richardson got the baton, she had a couple of microseconds headstart to Jackson. The two-time 200m champion chased Richardson down, but she held on to complete another double for the USA.

Ivory Coast did not finish the race after a tumble in one of the handovers -another sad turn of events for Marie Jose Ta Lou.

USA-Jamaica rivalry

Heading into the race, Richardson had just been crowned the 100m champion after dethroning Fraser-Pryce in a spectacular fashion in the Monday, August 21 final.

Shericka Jackson then defended her 200m title, coming close to smashing Florence Griffith Joyner's long-standing world record of 21.34 seconds. Jackson clocked 21.41 seconds on Friday night.

Apart from Richardson, the USA's team was comprised of the new 200m silver medalist Gabby Thomas, Twanisha Terry and Tamari Davis, while Shashalee Forbes and Natasha Morrison made up the rest of the Jamaica team.

Jamaica are the Olympic champions of 2016 and 2021 and hold the five of eight fastest times in history, while the USA had won five world titles in the last 20 years.

USA men wins 4 by 100m relay

At the same time, the USA men are global 4x100m relay world champions for the first time since 2019. Noah Lyles has now sealed a historic hat-trick of gold medals at the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

Sports Brief has reported that the Americans clocked 37.38 seconds to reclaim the title they lost in Eugene last year to the Canadians.

Olympic champions Italy finished second, clocking 37.62 seconds, while the Jamaicans took bronze in 37.76.

Men's 800m final

Sports Brief has also reported that Emmanuel Wanyonyi struck silver for Kenya in the men's 800m at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday night.

The race was won by Canada's Marco Arop, who clocked 1:44.24.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)