Sha’Carri Richardson might’ve gone to Europe in hopes of redeeming herself following her embarrassing defeat at the Prefontaine Classic, but the controversial track star walked away with two more losses over the weekend.
After being disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics for smoking marijuana, and coming in last place in her first race back on the field, Richardson took a trip overseas to compete in Brussels and Italy, Yahoo Sports reported.
On Friday, September 3, Richardson competed in the 200m race at the Wanda Diamond League at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, but the colorful track and field star lost the race to 18-year-old Namibian athlete Christine Mboma, who finished with a time of 21.84 seconds.
Richardson landed in fourth place with a time of 22.45 seconds after Shericka Jackson, who came in second place (21.95 seconds) and Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, who finished in third place (22.04 seconds).
But Richardson continued to compete. On Sunday, she showed up to run the 100m race at the Internazionale Citta’ de Padova in Italy. Although she was given a slight advantage by not having to compete against Jamaican stars Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann, and Shericka, Richardson came in second to her training partner, Javianne Oliver, who won the race with a time of 11.19, Essentially Sports reported.
After the races, Richardson showed a bit more sportsmanship than when she lost the Prefontaine Classic. She gave a quick handshake to Jackson following her win in Brussels and showed support for Oliver after her loss in Italy.
Her back-to-back losses come after she was dragged on Twitter for seemingly dissing track and field star Allyson Felix after Felix offered support to Richardson during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Many have blasted Richardson, who shrugged off the kinds words, for not coming off as humble and allowing her mouth to constantly get her in trouble.
At 21 years old, Richardson has a lot to learn as she continues competing to get her name back on the top.