Prefontaine Classic: Sha’Carri Richardson Destroys Field to Win Women’s 100m in Eugene

Prefontaine Classic: Sha’Carri Richardson Destroys Field to Win Women’s 100m in Eugene

Edwin Kiplagat
May 25, 2024 at 10:55 PM
  • Sha'Carri Richardson was dominant in the women's 100m at the Eugene Diamond League
  • The American dominated the field to register her season's best in front of her home crowd
  • Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah. finished last in with a concerning performance

World 100m champion, Sha'Carri Richardson narrowly comfortably beat Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah at the 2024 Eugene Diamond League Meeting.

The American clocked 10.83 seconds to secure her first big win of 2024, while Thompson-Herah finished last in 11.30 seconds in her first 100m race of the 2024 season.

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Sha'Carri Richardson celebrates after winning the women's 100m at the Prefontaine Classic. Photo by Steph Chambers.
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Richardson was on top form from start to finish in her first major 100m race of the 2024 season.

World 60m indoor champion Julien Alfred, finished second in 10.93 seconds, while Dina-Asher Smith finished third. African record holder, Marie-Josee Ta Lou, was sixth in 11.05 seconds, per Diamond League.

Richardson laid down a marker ahead of a mouth-watering showdown at the 2024 Paris Olympics. The American won the world title last season and is aiming to beat the Jamaicans to the Olympic title, per World Athletics.

Since winning her second straight Olympic title in 2021, Thompson-Herah struggled to maintain her form, which dipped significantly.

She was beaten in the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, and then injury prevented her from participating in the 2023 showpiece in Budapest, Hungary. Her performance in Eugene is worrying, but she has plenty of time to get into form before the Olympics.

Richardson anchors Team USA to gold

Sports Brief previously reported on Richardson anchoring the USA to the 4x100 gold at the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

Richardson and Jamaica's Shericka Jackson were locked in a tight battle in the anchor leg, but the American comfortably won.

Richardson wins world 100m title

Sports Brief also reported on Richardson upsetting Jamaican superstars to win the women's 100m title in Budapest, in 2023.

The 24-year-old clocked a championship record of 10.65 seconds, denying defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and 200m world champion, Jackson.

Richardson also became the first American athlete to win the women's 100m world title since 2017, when the late Tori Bowie won.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.