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  • New World Speed Star is Born


    Sha ' Carri Richardson, a 19-year-old from Dallas, bettered two world U20 records* at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, on Saturday (8).

    She won the 100m in 10.75, setting a collegiate record and breaking the 42-year-old world U20 record of 10.88 by Marlies Gohr. 

    The collegiate record of 10.78, set at altitude at Provo, Utah, had been held by Dawn Sowell since 1989. Richardson’s previous best was 10.99.

    Kayla White was second in 10.95 and Twanisha Terry third in 10.98. Times for places 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 were all the best in NCAA history.

    Richardson’s time was fastest in the world since Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica ran 10.71 in June 2017. The teenager climbed to ninth on the world all-time list. 

    In the 200m, Richardson could not overtake Anglerne Annelus, who retained her title. “I really wanted to back up the title,” Annelus said in an ESPN2 interview.

    To thousandths of a second, Annelus’ time was 22.160 to Richardson’s 22.169.

    Annelus’ 22.16 is a world leader. Richardson’s 22.17 betters under the world U20 record of 22.18 set by Allyson Felix at the 2004 Athens Olympics. (Felix clocked 22.11 at altitude in Mexico City in 2003, but the mark was unratified because organisers did not arrange for doping control.)

    The three fastest collegiate women of all time represent Louisiana State University: Richardson, Sowell and Aleia Hobbs (10.85 last year).

    These are the women who have had a better one-day double than Sha’Carri Richardson in the 100m and 200m: Merlene Ottey.

    IAAF Website