Former LSU sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson wins gold in first World Championships

Representing the United States at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest for the first time in her career, former LSU sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson won the gold in the 100-meter, solidifying herself as the fastest woman in the world.

After finishing third in the semifinal heat and missing out an automatic qualifying spot in the final heat, she ultimately won with a 10.65-second race, a World Championship record and the fifth fastest time in world history.

“I feel amazing about my performance,” Richardson said in a release. “Amazing competition, amazing atmosphere, and doing what I did all season long at practice to accomplish what we need to get accomplished. I felt like being in lane nine allowed me to just focus in on what I needed to execute. I felt no matter what the result was from start to finish in that race, I executed and I was going to be happy no matter what the result was.”

Despite her lane nine assignment, the Dallas native turned in one of the best 100-meter times of all time in what could be her first of several gold medals.

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