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Sha’Carri Richardson blazed wind-aided 21.61secs at USA Championships

Sha'Carri Richardson blasted to a wind-assisted 21.61secs to top the women's 200m field at the 2023 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships on Saturday on Saturday.

Sha'Carri Richardson wins 200m heat at the 2023 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships
Sha'Carri Richardson wins 200m heat at the 2023 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships

EUGENE, Oregon (July 8) — Sha’Carri Richardson blazed to a wind-aided time of 21.61 seconds (+2.6 m/s) to advance to the final of the women’s 200m at the 2023 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships on Saturday as the fastest qualifier from the first round.

Richardson, who claimed the 100m title on Friday, returned today to compete in the 200m and wowed the crowd with her scintillating run, defeating Caisja Chandler of USC, who finished second with a time of 22.32 seconds, and Anavia Battle, who posted 22.49 seconds.

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Tamara Clark Outpaced Abby Steiner

Tamara Clark also delivered an impressive performance in heat three, clocking a solid time of 22.05 seconds to surpass the reigning national champion Abby Steiner, who finished second with a time of 22.31 seconds. Jenna Prandini secured third place with a time of 22.58 seconds.

Olympic bronze medalist Gabby Thomas won the first heat comfortably, recording a time of 22.28 seconds. Kayla White (22.62 seconds) and Mariah Ayers of Baylor (22.71 seconds) finished second and third, respectively.

“This year, we’ve learned a lot,” said Thomas after her win. “I’ve been a little bit more conservative in my training and my race schedule.

“Last time, I was here, I was injured, and last time I was in this mixed zone talking to you, I was crying because of my injury,” Thomas said after her win. “But I’ve come a long way since then.

“I finished that season pretty strong, even just coming back from that injury that year was really healthy for me.”

In the fourth and final heat, Twanisha ‘TeeTee’ Terry celebrated victory with a personal best of 22.38 seconds.

Terry crossed the finish line ahead of Mississippi’s McKenzie Long, who posted 22.75 seconds, and high school sensation Mia Brahe-Pedersen, who ran 22.97 seconds for third place in the heat.

In the earlier heats, collegiate star Robert Gregory of Florida registered the fastest time, clocking a smooth 20.00 seconds, displaying confidence heading into the semifinals.

Christian Coleman finished with a time of 20.06 seconds, Courtney Lindsey of Texas Tech with 20.18 seconds, world 100m champion Fred Kerley with 20.23 seconds, Erriyon Knighton with 20.33 seconds, and Kenny Bednarek with 20.45 seconds, all advancing to the men’s 200m semifinals.

The 200m Results – 2023 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships

Heat 1:
Wind: +1.1 m/s

  1. Gabby Thomas, New Balance, 22.28 Q, 8
  2. Kayla White, NIKE, 22.62 Q, 3
  3. Mariah Ayers, Baylor, 22.71 Q, 7
  4. Kennedy Blackmon, Oklahoma, 22.97
  5. Jayla Jamison, South Carolina, 23.17
  6. Ezinne Abba, Texas, 23.30
  7. DNS Brittany Brown, adidas, 9
  8. DNS Jadyn Mays, Oregon, 2

Heat 2:
Wind: +2.6 m/s

  1. Sha’Carri Richardson, NIKE, 21.61 Q, 5
  2. Caisja Chandler, USC, 22.32 Q, 7
  3. Anavia Battle, The Buford Bailey Track Club, 22.49 Q, 4
  4. Candace Hill, ASICS, 22.53 q, 6
  5. Shannon Ray, adidas, 22.78 q, 8
  6. Kyra Jefferson, Unattached, 22.80 q, 3
  7. DNS Maia McCoy, Unattached, 2
  8. DNS Autumn Wilson, Georgia, 9

Heat 3:
Wind: +0.2 m/s

  1. Tamara Clark, adidas / The Buford Bailey TC, 22.05 Q, 4
  2. Abby Steiner, PUMA, 22.31 Q, 2
  3. Jenna Prandini, PUMA, 22.58 Q, 7
  4. Jacious Sears, Tennessee, 22.72 q, 8
  5. Karimah Davis, Kentucky, 23.06
  6. Angie Annelus, adidas, 23.11
  7. Jassani Carter, Unattached, 23.15
  8. Kynnedy Flannel, Florida, 23.69

Heat 4:
Wind: +2.0 m/s

  1. Twanisha Terry, NIKE, 22.38 Q, 4
  2. McKenzie Long, Mississippi, 22.75 Q, 2
  3. Mia Brahe-Pedersen, NIKE, 22.97 Q, 5
  4. Cambrea Sturgis, adidas, 23.09
  5. Jada Baylark, Unattached, 23.42
  6. Divonne Franklin, California U. PA, 23.48
  7. Halle Bieber, Duke, 23.57
  8. DNS Tamari Davis, adidas, 8

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for He has over 20 years of running experience, as well as 12 years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, European Athletics, Cayman Net News, AFP, and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of and Smith holds a degree in Communication and Journalism. Twitter | LinkedIn | News Break Writer

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