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Who is Sha’carri Richardson?(American Sprinter) Bio, Age, Education, Career, Failed Drug test, Reaction

American Sprinter Sha'carri Richardson misses drug test could miss olympics

With Olympics around the corner, since they are slated to commence on 23rd July 2021-8th Aug 2021, Sha’carri Richardson an American sprinter is reportedly out of the competition after a positive cannabis test.

Sha’carri Richardson Age 

Richardson was born March 25 2000 and she is presently 21 years of age.

Sha’carri Richardson Education 

Richardson is a graduate of David W. Carter High School and Louisiana State University.

Sha’carri Richardson Career 

Richardson rose to fame in 2019 as a freshman at Louisiana State University, running 10.75 seconds to break the 100 m record at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships. Her winning time made her one of the ten fastest women in history at 19 years old. Training with former sprinter Dennis Mitchell, she decided to forgo her collegiate eligibility – American college athletes are amateurs and may not accept payment – after her first year and turned professional. Richardson qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics with a 100-meter time of 10.86 seconds. It was 0.13 seconds faster than Javianne Oliver, who finished second.

Sha’carri Richardson Fails Drug Test 

In 2021, a week before her qualifying race for the 2021 Summer Olympics, Richardson’s biological mother died. Shortly before the Olympics, she tested positive for the use of marijuana, which put her participation in doubt. Immediately after the news, she tweeted on her Twitter account;

In a separate Twitter post and in support of Richardson, Gabrielle Union Tweeted,

“Weed is great for many a thing but running faster isn’t one of them. LET HER RUN!!! #ShacarriRichardson”


News of the infringement arrives four weeks before the start of the athletics competition at the July 23 to August 8 showpiece in Tokyo.

Richardson could serve a one to three-month suspension for the adverse analytical finding.

According to sources who asked for anonymity, traces of the substance were found in the 21-year-old’s sample from a recent drug test.

The test was carried out at the US Olympic Trials.

Since January 1, 2021, the drug has been classified as a ‘Substance of Abuse’ by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and currently carries a maximum four-year ban.

However, if an athlete can prove that the drug was used out of competition and that there was no sports performance benefit, the ban will be reduced to a period of three months with no need to further examine the degree of fault.

WADA also stipulates that the ban can be reduced by a further month if the athlete is willing to undertake an approved treatment program in collaboration with his/her national anti-doping body.

If the drug is taken in competition but the athlete can prove that the use was unrelated to performance, a two-year ban will be handed out as the infringement will be considered non-intentional.

Richardson was expected to challenge for the 100m gold medal at the Games, after posting 10.72 seconds in April – one of five legal sub-11 seconds clocking from the American this season.

She won the 100m at the US Olympic Trials on June 19 in a time of 10.86 (wind: -1.0m/s). This performance has been provisionally disqualified.

Fourth-placed finisher in the 100m at the USA Olympic Trials, Jenna Prandini will replace Richardson in the event at the Olympics, while fifth-placed finisher Gabby Thomas has also been entered.

Richardson’s win at the US Trials and her strong personality has drawn the admiration of several US celebrities such as former First Lady, Michelle Obama, and actress Viola Davis.


The news of the failed drug test has raised a lot of concerns with some wondering why she had to risk smoking Marijuana at the expense of her career. Nonetheless, others come to her support considering she had just lost her mom a week prior to her qualification.

A tweet by Eurosport UK indicates that there is still a chance she might compete.



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