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Sha’Carri Richardson is set to race against the Team Jamaica runners who swept the podium at the Tokyo Olympics.
Richardson is confirmed to compete on Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, where she will face the three sprinters who won gold, silver, and bronze medals in the Olympic 100-meter sprint, according to the event’s website.
In June, the 21-year-old made competed at the US Olympic Track & Field trials and scored a ticket to Tokyo. However, Richardson was suspended from the US Olympic team for testing positive for THC, the main psychoactive constituent of marijuana.
Now, Richardson is planned to go head-to-head with Team Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Hera, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson, according to the Prefontaine Classic website. Thompson-Hera scored the gold medal, while Fraser-Pryce took silver and Jackson won bronze.
Thompson-Herah finished the 100-meter sprint with 10.61 seconds — breaking a record previously set by Olympian Florence Griffith Joyner 33 years ago.
Elaine Thompson-Herah broke Florence Griffith Joyner’s Olympic record in the women’s 100M, but says she still could’ve gone faster 😤 pic.twitter.com/qVRntLA7XU
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 31, 2021
The Prefontaine Classic will give a glimpse into what the Tokyo Olympics may have looked like with Richardson among the competitors.
The race will take place at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, where the US Olympic Track and Field Trials took place. The competition will include six women who raced in the 100-meter final at Tokyo, including Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Côte d’Ivoire and Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji.
In July, Richardson congratulated Thompson-Hera, Fraser-Pryce, and Jackson when they earned medals in the event.
“Congratulations to the ladies of Jamaica for the clean sweep. Powerful, strong black women dominating the sport,” Richardson wrote on Twitter.