Sha’Carri Richardson dominates the 200m at the Kip Keino Classic 2023 held in Nairobi

American sprinter Richardson catch the headlines by easily outpacing her competitors in her second 200m race of the season

At the Kip Keino Classic, the third stop on the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour, 23-year-old Texan athlete Sha’Carri Richardson, representing the United States, delivered an outstanding performance on Saturday, May 13th. Competing in the 200m race at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Nairobi, she displayed remarkable speed, clocking in at a record-breaking time of 22.07 seconds, leaving the audience in awe. Her victory was all the more impressive as her rival, Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, had withdrawn from the competition.

Just a week prior, in the Doha Diamond League opening, Richardson had already demonstrated her prowess by winning the 100m race with a remarkable time of 10.76 seconds, marking the fastest time recorded in the world this year.

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Richardson pushed ahead right before the final straight, increasing her lead before slowing down and crossed the finish line 0.70 and 0.75 seconds ahead of fellow Americans Kyra Jefferson and Shannon Ray, respectively.

Check out the video of the sporting event:

In the previous month, Sha’Carri experienced a setback when she faced defeat in her first 200m race of the season on April 29th in Gaborone, Botswana. She expressed her preference for competing in the 100m in both that event and in Kenya but stated that she was not extended an invitation by the race promoters.

After winning the race, Richardson stated, “I got kicked out of the 100 in Botswana and also here in Kenya. I knew I had to do my best with the performance that I was allowed to run in. Despite what others may have gone on social media and said, no one asked me to run the 100. Therefore, I know I needed to do what I know to do about 200 and I’m blessed for it.” Twanisha Terry fellow compatriot of Richardson of US won the women’s 100m in 10.86 seconds.

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