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19-Year-Old American Wows With World's Fastest 100m In Two Years

19-Year-Old American Wows With World's Fastest 100m In Two Years

Sha'Carri Richardson won the women's 100m at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

The 19-year-old claimed victory in an astonishing 10.75. Had she not celebrated early, the time would have been even lower.

The run is a new world U20 record (beating Marlies Oelsner's 1977 mark of 10.88) and an American collegiate record. It is also a personal best by 0.24 for the LSU athlete.

Her time is the fastest in the world since Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson ran 10.71 two years ago.

Richardson is also now the joint ninth fastest ever for 100m.

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Less than an hour following her 100m win, Richardson was prevented from completing a sprint double when she was beaten to the line by Angie Annelus of USC in the 200m.

However, Richardson's time of 22.17 is another world U20 record, breaking the 15-year-old mark of Alison Felix.

With the World Championships later this year and the Tokyo Olympics less than 14 months away, Richardson is certainly one to watch.

See Also: Ulster Rugby Star Smashes Irish U20 200m Record At Schools Championships

PJ Browne
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