Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson would prefer to let her running do the talking weeks after curtain fell on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The sprinter who couldn’t run in the Tokyo Olympics because of a positive marijuana test is set to make her return to the track Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic.
The Diamond League meet is at Hayward Field, the same venue where Richardson won the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in June and became a national sensation with her long, colorful nails and big personality.
“The attention that I was able to bring to the sport, whether it was negative or positive, for the simple fact people are now watching — as track and field athletes we wish we had more attention on the sport, we wished people paid more attention — I’m honored, I would say,” she said, adding: “I really don’t want to do too much talking. I’m ready to race now.”
Richardson’s title at the trials was stripped after she tested positive for marijuana shortly after the race. She was handed a 30-day suspension that kept her out of the event in Tokyo and later left off the U.S. team as part of the relay pool, although her suspension would’ve been completed by the time of the 4×100 race.
The 21-year-old acknowledged the mistake in an interview with the “Today” show after her suspension. She said she used marijuana as a way of coping with her mother’s recent death.
“I know what I did and what I’m not supposed to do,” she said in the interview. “I know what I’m not allowed to do, and I still made that decision.”
The suspension sparked debate over doping rules for marijuana, a drug that is legal in Oregon.
“I’m just ready to come back, I’m coming back with the same energy I left the sport with, and I’m eager to bring even more,” she said.
Richardson will run the 100 on Saturday, joining all three medalists from the Tokyo Games Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson.
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