U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson obviously would have preferred to be running within the women’s 100-meter final at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, instead of watching it on TV while serving a one-month suspension. But that did not stop Richardson from offering congrats on social media to the three women who finished on stage.
“Congratulations to the women of Jamaica for the clean sweep,” Richardson wrote on Twitter on Saturday night within the U.S. “Powerful, strong Black women dominating the game .” Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah won Saturday’s final with a time of 10.61 seconds, breaking an Olympic record that had stood for 33 years. Her compatriots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson finished second and third.
Richardson, 21, likely would are within the mix for one among those medals had she been allowed to compete. She is currently serving a one-month suspension for marijuana use, stemming from a failed drug test at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in late June. Richardson accepted the suspension and apologized, saying that she ingested marijuana to deal with the trauma of learning that her biological mother had died. Even amid the Jamaicans’ dominance within the 100 in the week, Richardson’s absence has remained a topic.
“Missing me yet?” she wrote on Twitter on Friday. Fraser-Pryce and Herah-Thompson declined to talk about Richardson when asked by reporters. And during a news conference after Saturday’s final, the Jamaican trio quickly shot down an issue about whether marijuana should be far away from the planet Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibited substances. “Sorry, wrong people,” Fraser-Pryce said. Richardson is scheduled to return to the competition at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. The two-day meet begins on Aug. 20.