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Carri Richardson is an American track and field sprinter who competes in the 100-meter and 200-meter races. Many would say she was marked for greatness from a young age. By 19, she was named one of the top 10 fastest women in the world after running 10.75 seconds to break the 100m collegiate record at the NCAA Division I Championships.

In 2021, the Texas-born athlete ran a new personal best of 10.72 seconds, making her the sixth-fastest woman globally and the fourth-fastest American woman in history. After completing her one-month ban for failing a doping test, she made a remarkable comeback by winning gold in the 100m at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, setting a championship record time of 10.65 seconds. She was also part of Team USA in the women’s 4x100m relay to win gold with a championship record of 41.03 seconds.

Therefore, this is a biography of Carri Richardson, the American athlete known for her long nails and colourful hairstyles.

Carri Richardson biography

Carri Richardson

Sha’Carri Richardson, also known as Carri Richardson, was born on March 25, 2000, in Dallas, Texas, United States of America. She attended Carter High School before enrolling at Louisiana State University, where she joined the LSU Lady Tigers track and field team.

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Carri Richardson career

Carri Richardson celebrating a win

Richardson started her career as a teenager, winning the 100m title at the AAU Junior Olympics—the largest national multi-sport event for youth in the United States- in 2016. In 2017, she won another title at the USATF Junior Olympics. That same year, she made her international debut as a track and field athlete at the 2017 Pan American U20 Athletics Championships. Richardson won gold in the 4 × 100-meter relay alongside Gabriele Cunningham, Rebekah Smith, and Tara Davis.

After joining the LSU Lady Tigers track and field team in 2018, Richardson finished as a finalist in the 60-meter dash at the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships. During the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, the then-19-year-old broke two world U-20 records – winning the 100m with a time of 10.75s, thus breaking Marlies Göhr’s 42-year-old world U20 best and finishing as runner-up by less than one-hundredth of a second in a time of 22.17 s in the 200m, breaking Allyson Felix’s record set at the 2004 Athens Olympics. 

After the NCAA Championships, Richardson announced she would forgo collegiate eligibility after her first year and sign a professional contract. Thus, she became LSU’s first track and field athlete in history to leave after her freshman year, alongside 2019 world pole vault silver medallist, Mondo Duplantis. She signed a sponsorship deal with Nike.

However, the rising star courted controversy despite qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics with a 100-meter time of 10.86 seconds at the 2020 United States Olympic Trials. Her urine sample tested positive for THC metabolites, indicating a recent cannabis use.  Cannabis is a substance banned under World Anti-Doping Agency rules. Hence, she was handed a one-month ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that began on June 28, 2021, which ended her hopes of participating in the delayed 2020 Olympics.

Richardson claimed that she took the drug to cope with the pressure of qualifying for the Olympics while mourning the recent death of her biological mother. Also, her suspension was criticised by individuals and organisations like members of the U.S. Congressional Cannabis Caucus, who advocated for liberalising cannabis policies. However, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) responded to the criticism by stating that the agency is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code and, therefore, must follow the rules which prohibit cannabis use for athletes.

Richardson returned to the track at the 2021 Prefontaine Classic, finishing in last position in 11.14 seconds. She also missed out on the finals of the 100m and 200m at the 2022 USATF Championships. Hence, she failed to qualify for the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

In May 2023, Richardson made a comeback by winning her first Diamond League, taking gold at the 100 m in Doha with a new meeting record of 10.76 s. On July 7, she became the US national champion in the 100-metre sprint event by winning the women’s 100m final in 10.82 seconds at the 2023 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Her victory earned her a ticket to the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, where she won her first major individual title on the international stage – a gold medal in the women’s 100-metre sprint event in a championship record of 10.65 seconds.

On August 25, Richardson won bronze in the women’s 200 m final in 21.92 seconds, finishing behind USA teammate Gabrielle Thomas (21.81) and defending champion, Shericka Jackson (21:41 CR). Richardson was also part of Team USA to win the gold medal in the women’s 4x100m relay final with a championship record of 41.03 seconds.

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Carri Richardson stats

Below are Richardson’s stats, according to World Athletics:

Competition Cnt. Result Wind Event Date Place Cat Type Nr. Score Record
World Athletics Championships, Budapest 2023, Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ, Budapest HUN 10.65 -0.2 100m 21 AUG 2023 1. OW F 1278
USA Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR USA 10.71 +0.1 100m 06 JUL 2023 1. B H1 1264
Miramar Invitational, Ansin Sports Complex, Miramar, FL USA 10.72 +1.6 100m 10 APR 2021 1. B F2 1262
USATF Golden Games, Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, CA USA 10.77 -1.2 100m 09 MAY 2021 1. A F 1258
USATF Golden Games, Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, CA USA 10.74 +1.1 100m 09 MAY 2021 1. A H1 1257
NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships, Austin, TX USA 10.75 +1.6 100m 08 JUN 2019 1. C F 1255 AU20RNU20R
USA Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR USA 10.75 +0.7 100m 07 JUL 2023 1. B SF1 1255
Diamond League Meeting, Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha QAT 10.76 +0.9 100m 05 MAY 2023 1. GW F 1253
Silesia Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów POL 10.76 +0.2 100m 16 JUL 2023 1. GW F 1253
USA Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR USA 21.94 -0.4 200m 09 JUL 2023 2. B F 1246

Current World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Score
Women’s 100m 1 1480
Women’s Overall Ranking 4 1506
Women’s 200m 6 1380

Highest World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Weeks
Women’s 100m 1 18
Women’s Overall Ranking 4 19
Women’s 200m 4 1

Carri Richardson’s net worth

Richardson reportedly has an estimated net worth between $1 million to $5 million. Her major income comes from earnings as a track and field champion and various endorsement deals with elite brands like Nike, Beats, and Apple Music.

Carri Richardson family

Carri Richardson with her mom

Richardson had an unstable childhood. She was raised by her grandmother after her biological mother abandoned her. In high school, Richardson reportedly tried to take her own life. However, she was inspired to become an athlete after seeing the medals her aunt, school sprint star, Shayaria Richardson, won at her grandmother’s house.

Sadly, Richardson’s biological mother died a week before her qualifying race for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The rising star did not know about her mother’s death until she was asked by a reporter interviewing her.

In addition, Richardson is known for her signature long nails and colourful hair, having been inspired by the late American track and field star, Florence Griffith Joyner also known as Flo-Jo.

In 2021, Richardson came out as gay and she had a girlfriend.

Carri Richardson age

Richardson is currently 23 years old and will be 24 in 2024.

Carri Richardson Instagram

Carri Richardson has an active Instagram account which has about 2.9 million followers as of the time of writing this article.

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