Mary Moraa, Sha’Carri Richardson Share Beautiful Moment at Prefontaine Classic

Mary Moraa, Sha’Carri Richardson Share Beautiful Moment at Prefontaine Classic

Martin Moses
updated at May 26, 2024 at 7:38 AM
  • Sha'Carri Richardson and Mary Moraa shared a beautiful moment at the Eugene Diamond League
  • Richardson won the women's 100m while Moraa was beaten by Keely Hodgkinson in the 800m
  • The two runners are the reigning world champions in their respective events after wins last year

World champions Mary Moraa and Sha'Carri Richardson shared a heartwarming moment at the end of the women's 100m race during the Pre Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on May 25.

Richardson brought the roof down on home soil with an electric performance to win the race with a time of 10.83 seconds.

Sha'Carri Richardson, Mary Moraa, Eugene Diamond League, Prefontaine Classic
Sha'Carri Richardson competes and wins the women's 100m at the Eugene Diamond League on May 25, 2024. Photo by Steph Chambers.
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World Indoor champion Julien Alfred was second with 10.93 seconds, while 2019 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith was third with 10.98 seconds. Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah had a disappointing outing as she came in last with 11.30 on the click. It was the Jamaican's first appearance of the season in any event.

After crossing the line, Richardson did a lap of honour around Hayward Field before warmly embracing Moraa, who was also celebrating with the fans.

The Kenyan had just competed in her 800m speciality but failed to win. A late surge from Keely Hodgkinson saw her usurp the world champion. She also set the fastest time this year of 1:55:78, as captured by Diamond League statistics.

Moraa and Richardson's growing friendship

Moraa and Richardson are quickly becoming friends on and off track. Before the event, Moraa shared a video of her jamming to a gospel song with the American. The video, shared on Facebook, was captioned as;

"Here we go again with my bestie. Sha'Carri Richardson, much love."

The two athletes will be chasing a first Olympic gold medal at their respective races later this year in Paris, France.

Beatrice Chebet sets new world record

The performance of the day came from Beatrice Chebet who broke the women's world record in 10,000m.

Chebet became the first woman to run the race under 29 minutes, clocking a time of 28:54:14 to set a new record pending the usual ratification procedures from World Athletics.

The 24-year-old is a double medalist in the 5000m at the World Championships.

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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)