For the first time in her career, Sha’Carri Richardson finally got to wear the US kit for a global championship, debuting at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest where she won her 100m heat in 10.92s (0.4) and also progressed as the fastest across all seven (7) heats!

She did enough and stepped foot off the gas while bringing along with her Natasha Morrison in 11.02s and Zaynab Dosso in an equal National Record of 11.14s.

The second fastest qualifier came from the third heat where Ewa Swoboda got the second sub-11 clocking of her long but still young career, overhauling Tamari Davis in 10.98s to the American’s 11.06s and N’Ketia Seedo in a Personal Best (PB) of 11.11s.

St. Lucia’s Julien Alfred produced the only other sub-11 of the rounds, gliding past Daryll Neita to win the opening heat in 10.99s to the Briton’s 11.03s, while Gina Bass settled for 3rd in a PB of 11.11s.

After her struggles with a knee injury early on this season, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce started off her quest to defend the world title she won in 2022 and a bidding for her 6th 100m title, coasting to an effortless 11.01s to win her heat ahead of Mujinga Kambundji. She was so good that all she needed to win the race was some running for the first 50 metres after which she shut down and still looked so dominant.

Brittany Brown recorded the same time to win her heat, while Marie Josée Ta Lou ran a very measured race in 11.08s to stay on top of her own race.

Shericka Jackson also qualified for the semis, clocking 11.06s while running into a 1.0m/s headwind.

Athletics is a special shade of life for me, and my confidence has received a boost since I started out covering the sport from the stands of my home, and now as a Junior Sportswriter with Making of Champions - an opportunity to get better at what I do.


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