Out American runner Sha’Carri Richardson won the 100-meter world title at the World Athletics Championships in Hungary on Monday.
Delighting crowds at the National Athletics Center in Budapest, Richardson ran a personal best time of 10.65 seconds, making her the fastest woman in the world.
Sha'carri Richardson Wins Again
It was a remarkable upset by Richardson over Jamaican sprinters Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.“I’m honored. I’m blessed. I had great competition, [which] pulled the best out of me, and I’m just honored to leave with a gold medal,” Richardson remarked after the race.
Before winning Monday’s race, she was considered a favorite to earn an Olympic spot after winning the U.S. 100-meter title last month.
Richardson recently said that she wants fans to recognize the struggles and sacrifices that athletes go through to reach their goals. She hopes her story will encourage others to never give up on their dreams, no matter their obstacles, the Dallas Morning News reports.
“I would say’ never give up,’” she replied when asked what message this triumph conveyed. “Never allow media, never allow outsiders, never allow anything but yourself and your faith define who you are. I would say ‘Always fight. No matter what, fight.’”
As Richardson’s journey on the track continues, she said she hopes fans will see athletes for more than their accomplishments.