Diamond League

Australian Teen Stuns with 200m win Over Sha’Carri Richardson in Diamond League Opener

Sha'Carri Richardson was upset by Australian teenager Torrie Lewis in the women’s 200m title at the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Xiamen, China.

Symone Goss

Torrie Lewis smiles after winning 200m at Xiamen over Sha'Carri Richardson
Torrie Lewis smiles after winning 200m in Xiamen over Sha'Carri Richardson. Photo: Luke Howard for Diamond League AG

Australian teenager Torrie Lewis clinched the women’s 200m title at the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Xiamen, China, outpacing a field that included world medalist Sha’Carri Richardson.

Lewis, making her first appearance in the Diamond League, recorded a time of 22.96 seconds from the challenging outer lane nine. Despite a challenging start, she managed to overcome a strong contingent of American sprinters.

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“I’m super surprised,” said the 19-year-old victor. “I just had my nationals on Sunday and then I came here. I think it helps. It gave me a good little prime for today’s performance, which is my first Diamond League victory.”

Sha’Carri Richardson, who took bronze in the 200m at last year’s World Championships, finished a close second with a time of 22.99 seconds. She was followed by fellow Americans Tamara Clark and Anavia Battle, who completed the race in 23.01 and 23.02 seconds, respectively, while Twanisha Terry rounded out the top five in 23.25 seconds.

Reflecting on her race strategy and execution, Lewis admitted to some areas for improvement. “This is my first Diamond League outdoor competition,” she remarked. “I thought they would be in front of me by like 15 meters. My start was not good and I need to improve that.”

Despite the less-than-ideal start, Lewis’s finish was enough to secure her a memorable debut victory.

She said her next race will be at the 2024 World Athletics Relays in the Bahamas next month.

About The Author

Symone Goss

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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