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USA | Jul 30, 2021

‘Not missed at all’: Track legend Michael Johnson among thousands ripping into Sha’Carri Richardson on Twitter

Gavin Riley

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‘Title-less’ American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson is being ripped to shreds on Twitter today (July 30) after asking if ‘she was missed’.

Richardson, watching from home and seemingly reacting to the women’s 100m heats at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan, tweeted cryptically, “Missing me yet?”, to which Twitter users largely responded that, perhaps, she bit far too much more than she can chew.

Photo: Twitter @_RickBarr

The Jamaican Twitterati, obviously beaming with pride as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson all made it comfortably through their respective heats, did not take kindly to the subtle jab and dismissed Richardson completely.

A few were more diplomatic and said that instead of her, they missed Usain Bolt’s presence. Others were brutally hilarious in their remarks, highlighting that the times run in the heats could have easily passed for Richardson’s personal best in any of the races.

Photo: Twitter @TallsomeLee

Being the savage place it is, some Twitter users also reminded the 21-year-old that her absence from the Olympics was of her own doing as she tested positive for marijuana, a prohibited substance listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Also wading into the polarising tweet was Olympic great and former record holder in the men’s 200m and 400m, Michael Johnson.

Olympian and former world record holder, Michael Johnson. (Photo: Twitter @MJGold)

Johnson, in his reply to Richardson, said her choice of words was intriguing, as the women currently competing in Tokyo were setting up arguably one of the greatest sprint finals the world will ever see.

“This is an interesting tweet sent on the day we see the women in Tokyo running blazing fast times in the prelims to making the women’s 100 final look like it could be one of the greatest with who’s here,” Johnson said.

(Photo: Twitter @MJGold)

There were very few who expressed fondness for Richardson, with many Twitter users expressing an overwhelming sentiment that she had literally nothing to show for all her braggadocio.

A few American users were critical of Richardson’s tweet, particularly the continued dismissive tone she gives with regard to other members of Team USA competing in the very same event she tries to grandstand on.

The women’s 100m semi-finals will start at 5:15 am local time Saturday, with the grand finale at 7:50 am.

The world’s fastest living woman, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, will be looking to further cement herself in sporting history in her bid to rest the title from defending Olympic champion and compatriot Elaine Thompson-Herah.

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Also in the mix is fellow Jamaican and new sprint sensation Shericka Jackson as well as Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare.


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