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May 17, 2021

Sha’Carri Richardson flashes to gold

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World U20 record-holder Sha’Carri Richardson flashed to a stunning 10.72 women’s 100m victory at the Miramar Invitational, a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver meeting in Florida.

It was the fastest ever time by an Under-20 athlete and the sixth fastest in the world ever.

The 21-year-old finished almost four meters clear of World Athletics Indoor Tour 60m champion Javianne Oliver, who clocked 11.07.

Richardson won her heat in a time of 11 seconds flat and did not look capable of the superfast time, especially after a ppor start in the final. However, once she got into her stride she soon opened up a significant gap over the rest of the field. She powered through the line to stop the clock at 10.72, finishing about four metres clear of World Athletics Indoor Tour 60m champion Javianne Oliver (11.07).

“My coach will be proud but he’ll say I still have more work to do, and I agree,” said Richardson. “My season is going to be unbelievable,” said Richardson.

World Indoor Champion Kendra Harrison also made her statement on tracks, despite being assisted by the strong winds.

Harrison clocked a wind-assisted 12.38 victory in the 100m hurdles, finishing ahead of sisters Cindy Sember (12.55) and Tiffany Porter (12.57). Harrison had started the competition with a 12.54 to win her heat.

Kenny Bednarek won the  men’s 200m in a wind-assisted 19.65 with Liberia’s Emmanuel Matadi second in 20.20.

Hurdles specialist Shamier Little continued her run of good form in the flat sprints by winning the women’s 400m in 49.91.

The 2015 world 400m hurdles silver medallist, who clocked 50.57 for 400m indoors and opened her outdoor season last month with 50.19, finished strongly to hold off a challenge from 2016 world indoor bronze medallist Quanera Hayes, who placed second in 49.92, her fastest time in four years.

Little now becomes the second woman in history to break 53 seconds for 400m hurdles (her PB is 52.75) and 50 seconds for 400m flat.

World champion Grant Holloway, making his first competitive appearance since breaking the world indoor 60m hurdles record in February, got his 2021 outdoor campaign off to a strong start.

Contending with a 2.2m/s tailwind – which is often detrimental to many sprint hurdlers – Holloway had opened up a lead at half way and continued to pull away from former collegiate rival Daniel Roberts to win in 13.04. Roberts was second in 13.30.

“It’s a season opener, so I’m ecstatic,” said Holloway. “It’s probably one of my fastest openers ever. I’ve just got to keep executing at a high level, then the times will improve.”

Jenna Prandini won  the women’s 200m in a wind-assisted 22.29 ahead of world silver medallist Brittany Brown in 22.39 and former world U20 champion Candace Hill taking third in 22.43, just ahead of double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (22.44).

Kyree King won the men’s 100m in 9.97 and teenager Justin Robinson won the men’s 400m in 45.23. World bronze medallist Ajee Wilson produced a well-timed kick to win the women’s 800m in 2:00.57.

World silver medallist Danniel Thomas-Dodd took the women’s shot put with 19.17m from Maggie Ewen (18.69m). World champion Tajay Gayle won the men’s long jump with 8.27m with Holland Martin of The Bahamas taking second place with a wind-assisted 8.15m.

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