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Richardson’s historic dashes win her USATF Athlete of the Week


Sha’Carri Richardson (Dallas, Texas) set two world U20 sprint records to earn USATF Athlete of the Week for the second time this year.

Richardson, a freshman at LSU, stunned the track world with her 10.75 to win the NCAA 100m title by two-tenths of a second at Austin, and she came back less than an hour later to break another world U20 record in the 200m, finishing second in 22.17. She also anchored the Tigers to silver in the 4x100m relay in 42.29. Richardson’s 10.75 made her the equal ninth-fastest woman in history and broke the old U20 WR of 10.88, set 42 years ago by Marlies Oelsner of East Germany. The previous U20 record in the 200m was 22.18 by Allyson Felix in 2004.

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the previous week:

Gunnar Linde — Linde, 90, knocked more than four minutes off the listed masters men’s 90+ world record in the 3,000m steeplechase with a 14:40.54 at Los Angeles.

Brian Pilcher — Pilcher, the 2013 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year, won the Dipsea Race for the fourth time. It is the oldest trail race in the U.S. Pilcher won by more than a minute.

Grant Holloway — Holloway broke one of the oldest collegiate records on the books with a 12.98 in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Championships. The Florida junior also helped the Gators to a collegiate record 37.97 in the 4x100m relay and anchored the 4x400m relay with a 43.74 to bring Florida up to the silver medal position.

Sara Hall — Hall won the USATF 10K women’s championship at the NYRR New York Mini 10K by five seconds in 32:27.

John Cody Risch — Risch was the men’s champion at the USATF 1-hour Race Walk Championships in Wisconsin, covering 13,547m to win by more than 500m.

Anali Cisneros — Cisneros captured the women’s USATF 1-hour Race Walk title by more than 200m, covering 11,847m.

Michael Norman — Norman beat Noah Lyles in the 200m at the Rome Diamond League meet, clocking a world-leading 19.70.

Justin Robinson — Robinson, a high school junior from Missouri, ran the second-fastest 400m time ever by a high school boy with his 44.84 to win the Great Southwest Classic in Albuquerque.

JuVaughn Harrison — Harrison became the first man to win the high jump and long jump at the NCAA Championships. The LSU sophomore went 8.20m/26-11 in the long jump and cleared 2.27m/7-5.25 in the high jump.

Now in its 18th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei; April 17, Israel Merkle; April 24, Ryan Crouser; May 1, Emily Sisson; May 8, Kayla White; May 15, Parker Stinson; May 22, Kenny Bednarek; May 29, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 6, Brooke Andersen; June 12, Sha’Carri Richardson.


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