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How to watch Prefontaine Classic: Richardson vs Jackson vs Thompson-Herah

You can watch the Sha'Carri Richardson, Shericka Jackson, and Elaine Thompson-Herah showdown in the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, this weekend on NBC.

Sha'Carri Richardson and Shericka Jackson competes in the 100m dash at the Doha Diamond League meeting
Sha'Carri Richardson and Shericka Jackson competes in the 100m dash. Photo by Randy Miyazaki

EUGENE, Oregon (Sept. 15) — As the Wanda Diamond League prepares to wrap up its 2023 season at the iconic Hayward Field this weekend, all eyes are on the women’s 100m race at the 2023 Prefontaine Classic. With a star-studded lineup featuring world champions and Olympic gold medalists, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Diamond trophies and a $30,000 top prize await the winners in the 32 finals scheduled for September 16-17, and the likes of Sha’Carri Richardson, Shericka Jackson, and Elaine Thompson-Herah are certainly eyeing the top prize.

Read more: Start lists, live results, stream: 2023 Prefontaine Classic Wanda Diamond League Final

Richardson vs Jackson vs Thompson-Herah in Saturday’s Sprint Spectacle

The women’s 100m showdown is among the first 15 finals slated for Saturday’s first day of competition at the 2023 Prefontaine Classic. Live broadcast of this race will be on NBC and Peacock TV for the United States viewers, while the Wanda Diamond League YouTube channel will provide worldwide coverage for free.

Among them is the much-anticipated women’s 100m race, where world champion Sha’Carri Richardson of the United States is set to face off against world 200m champion Shericka Jackson of Jamaica and two-time Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, also of Jamaica.

Sha’Carri Richardson’s Dominance in 2023

Richardson has been in scintillating form this season, winning all three of her 100m duels against Jackson. She has lost only one 100m race this year to collegiate star Julien Alfred of St. Lucia, and is expected to capitalize on Eugene’s favorable sprint conditions, which she knows very well.

Richardson season’s best and personal best both stand at an impressive 10.65 seconds, a time she shares with Jackson.

Elaine Thompson-Herath A Big Threat?

Back-to-back Olympic 100m and 200m sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, holder of the Hayward Field stadium record at 10.54 seconds, is not to be discounted. The Jamaican has visibly shaken off her early season problems and is returning to her best form of the year.

Elaine Thompson-Herah in the 100m at the World Athletics Championships 2022
Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica compete in the Women’s 100m heats at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for World Athletics)

After failing to make the Jamaican individual sprint team at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest last month, Thompson-Herah is certainly heading to her best form again and is coming off a season-best performance of 10.84 seconds. She is considered by many to be a serious challenge to the frontrunners.

Meanwhile, Marie-Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, a world finalist, has also been in excellent form this season, clocking a season-best of 10.75 seconds. She remains a contender for the top podium spot as well.

The field is rounded out by athletes who have all clocked personal bests under 11 seconds. Great Britain’s Imani Lansiquot, although having the slowest personal best in the lineup at 10.99 seconds, recently finished second to Thompson-Herah in Bellinzona on September 4 and is certainly buzzing about improving that time this weekend.

Other 2023 Prefontaine Classic Women’s 100m Contenders

Dina Asher-Smith, the European and Great Britain champion, and Twanisha Terry of the United States are also set to compete, making this one of the most competitive 100m women’s races in recent memory.

With such a high-caliber field, Saturday’s 100m women’s dash at the 2023 Diamond League final promises to be a race for the ages, as some of the world’s fastest women vie for glory and a hefty cash prize!

Prefontaine Classic 100m Women’s start list for September 16:

Athlete’s NameNationalitySeason’s Best (SB)Personal Best (PB)
Dina Asher-SmithGreat Britain10.8510.83
Zoe HobbsNew Zealand10.9610.96
Shericka JacksonJamaica10.6510.65
Imani LansiquotGreat Britain10.9910.99
Natasha MorrisonJamaica10.9510.87
Sha’Carri RichardsonUnited States10.6510.65
Marie-Josée Ta LouIvory Coast10.7510.72
Twanisha TerryUnited States10.9910.82
Elaine Thompson-HerahJamaica10.8410.54
Simone Goss has been with World-Track since 2003 and has done outstanding work at the back end to help out with traveling and other meeting related activities. Goss has also done work for SportingEagles, Blaze News and other media outlets. She obtains a bachelor degree in Communication.

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