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Sha’Carri Richardson is in the headlines again after Usain Bolt offered up a few words of advice to the U.S. sprinter in a recent interview.
“I would tell Sha’Carri to train harder and to be focused and not say too much … If you talk that big talk you have to back it up,” Bolt said to The Post. “So just train hard and focus on that and try to come back do it and then talk about it.”
Richardson received a one-month ban for testing positive for cannabis, subsequently missing out on the Tokyo Olympics this summer. During the games, Richardson tweeted several times, noting that the Games just weren’t the same without her.
It was at the Prefontaine Classic last month that the world watched on as Richardson returned to the track. Her return even featured a potent Nike commercial.
We were ready.
Unfortunately, Richardson was not.
Richardson, 21, finished last in the 100-meter dash, while Team Jamaica took gold, silver and bronze.
“It was a great return back to the sport,” Richardson told NBC immediately following the race. “I wanted to be able to come and perform having a month off. … Not upset at myself at all. This is one race. I’m not done. You know what I’m capable of.”
Richardson then took several shots at Team Jamaica and at times, the entire island. What should have been a humble lesson, turned into something much more intense.
“Jamaicans were vexed because she was talking a lot of s—t before the actual race, it is just one of those things,” Bolt continued. “Jamaicans don’t like when people talk s—t about us because we are a very proud people. So if you talk about us we are gonna want you to back it up. It definitely gave those women the extra push [to win.]”
On Saturday morning, Richardson posted this on her Instagram Story, seemingly responding to Bolt’s interview: