21-Year-Old Sha’Carri Richardson Makes Waves With Her 10.72 Speed in Latest Race

An Olympic runner has gotten considerable attention based on her recent race that has the running world talking.

According to the Olympic Channel, 21-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson clocked a speed of 10.72 seconds to become the sixth-fastest woman in history with the fastest time ever in Miramar, Florida.

USA Track & Field tweeted the feat on its social media account.

Richardson is just behind the five fastest women: Florence Griffith Joyner, Carmelita Jeter, Marion Jones, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Elaine Thompson.

This is where Richardson now stands on the all-time list:

  1. 10.49 Florence Griffith-Joyner (1988)
  2. 10.64 Carmelita Jeter (2009)
  3. 10.65 Marion Jones (1998)
  4. 10.70 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (2012)
  5. 10.70 Elaine Thompson (2016)
  6. 10.72 Sha’Carri Richardson (2021)

“I am getting ready to change the game and I am as good as I say I am. It’s something I haven’t really expected, something the world hasn’t been expecting,” the runner stated after her race.

“I just feel like it’s time to bring the respect that track and field deserves and I want people to know that I am going to use my platform and my talent and who I am to distribute that for track and field for the world.”

According to Louisiana State University (LSU), Richardson’s college alma mater, Richardson moved up from No. 9 on the all-time world list (10.75) to No. 6 on the all-time world list when she clocked at 10.72 seconds. Her previous personal best was when she was wearing an LSU uniform and she ran a time of 10.75 while running at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships. That was a collegiate record in the 100 meters race.

Her 10.72 seconds is the fastest time ever ran in world history this early in the season and is also the fastest time ever run by someone as young as 21. This marks the fastest time anyone has run since Rio Olympic champ Elaine Thompson-Herah ran a 10.70 back in 2016.