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Sha’Carri Richardson joins stacked field at Prefontaine Classic

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Sha’Carri Richardson is set to join a stacked field at Saturday’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., in her first major race since last September.

She will be racing against Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah and bronze medalist Shericka Jackson, both from Jamaica.

Richardson took the track world by storm last summer as she blazed to a win in the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials. While she was removed from the Olympic team after testing positive for marijuana, she received an outpouring of public support.

Before last weekend, though, she had not raced since last September. Richardson had withdrawn from three competitions so far this year without explanation.

Last Saturday, she ran the 100 at the Duval County Challenge for her first race of 2022. She finished in fourth with a time of 11.37, more than half a second off her personal best of 10.72, though she was running through the rain and against the wind.

Last August, she finished in last out of nine runners with a time of 11.14 at the Prefontaine Classic, which had been delayed several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You know what I’m capable of,” she said after that race. “Count me out if you want to. Talk all the s—you want. ‘Cause I’m here to stay. I’m not done.”