Sha’Carri Richardson Storms to 200-Meter Bronze in Budapest
BUDAPEST, Hungary – LSU alumni Sha’Carri Richardson made her second podium trip of the week at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest on Friday, just four days after taking gold in the 100-meter dash.
Richardson headed into the 200-meter heats on Wednesday after claiming her first medal in her first major world championship appearance two days prior.
The LSU alumni clocked a heats-leading time of 22.16 seconds (-0.7 m/s) to start the second half of her double campaign off. Her time was .10 seconds ahead of fellow USA teammate Gabby Thomas who clocked a time of 22.26 seconds (-1.3 m/s).
Unlike in her 100-meter winning campaign, Richardson was able to auto-qualify for the 200-meter finals taking second in her heat with a time of 22.20 seconds (-0.2 m/s). Just ahead of her was Jamaican Shericka Jackson, whom Sha’Carri beat in the 100 for the title. Her time ranked fourth overall in the semi-finals.
Richardson got an unlucky lane draw as she got lane nine once again, just like in the 100-meter finals. Although in the 100, Richardson was able to show off her top end speed to get the win, she was unable to catch up to Thomas and Jackson in the 200-meter final.
The young star clocked a personal-best time of 21.92 seconds (+0.1 m/s), taking bronze while Thomas took silver (21.81) and Jackson took gold (21.41). Jackson’s time was a World Athletics Championships record and was .07 seconds away from Florence Griffith-Joyner’s record of 22.34 seconds (+1.3 m/s).
“I’m just grateful,” said Richardson. “No other word can describe how I feel, just grateful. Just being here on the team, a gold medalist, a bronze medalist… I’m so grateful to be on the podium for not just one vent but both events.”
Sha’Carri’s performance made her the first American since 2011 to medal in both the 100 and 200 at the World Championships. The last person to reach this feat was Carmelita Jeter who took gold in the 100 and silver in the 200.