Sha'Carri Richardson
Sha'Carri Richardson

American Sha’Carri Richardson was on fire in the women’s 100m at the USATF Golden Games in Walnut, California, on Sunday (9 May).

The 21-year-old was in a destructive mood over two rounds on the day, running 10.74 in the heats (+1.1m/s wind) and returned with 10.77 into a -1.2 m/s wind to win the final. This was the third time this season that Richardson had registered a 10.7 clocking.

In the final, she finished four metres clear of her countrywoman Javianne Oliver (11.08).

Jamaicans Briana Williams ran 11.15 to claim third, with veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown finishing fifth in 11.31.

In the heats, Richardson (10.74) signalled her battle-ready intentions winning well clear of Briana Williams in 11.09, Jenna Prandini (11.17) and Campbell-Brown (11.28). Javianne Oliver won the second heat in 10.97.

In the men’s 100m event, Cravon Gillespie ran 9.96 (1.9 m/s) to win the final. Isiah Young, who was the fastest in the heats with 10.09, returned with 9.99 for second in the final.

In the women’s triple jump, Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams won with a season’s best 14.62m, which is also an Olympic qualifying mark. American Keturah Orji finished second with 14.38m.

Keni Harrison ran 12.53 in the heats of the women’s 100m hurdles, which saw Bahamian Devynne Charlton qualifying for the final with 12.77. Jamaica’s Rushelle Burton didn’t make the final after finishing fifth in her heat in 13.32.

Harrison returned to win the final in 12.48 (2.0 m/s) ahead of Great Britain’s Cindy Sember, 12.53 and Nigerian Tobi Amusan, 12.61.

Charlton finished fourth in 12.61 for a new national record. American Sydney McLaughlin was fifth in a personal best 12.65.

Jamaica’s Rajay Hamilton ran a personal best 1:47.14 for second in the men’s 800m ‘B’ final. Ryan Sanchez of Puerto Rico won the event in 1:45.97.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio ran 45.47 to win the men’s 400m ‘B’ final. In the A race, Americans Michael Norman, 44.40 and Michael Cherry, 44.86, were the top two finishers. Deon Lendore of Trinidad and Tobago finished third in 45.04.

Shamier Little ran 53.65 to win the women’s 400m hurdles, which saw Jamaica’s Shiann Salmon finishing fifth in 56.28.

Jamaicans Natoya Goule, 4:08.66 for 8th and Aisha Praught-Leer, 4:17.15 for 12th, were involved in the women’s 1500m won by Elle American Purrier in a world-leading 3:58.36

Two Jamaicans, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, 18.91m for second and Lloydricia Cameron, 18.33m for sixth, finished behind Maggie Ewen, 19.32m in the women’s shot put.

American Gabby Thomas won the women’s 200m in 22.12 ahead of Allyson Felix, 22.26. Jamaica’s Briana Williams finished 8th in 22.96.

Noah Lyles ran 19.90 (0.7 m/s) for a brilliant come from behind win in the men’s 200m ahead of Kenny Bednarek, 19,.94 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards, 20.20.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.