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Sha'Carri Richardson holds a flag and celebrates after winning the 100 metre finals at the World Athletics Championships in 2023.

Sha’Carri Richardson Becomes The Fastest Woman in the World!

Sha’Carri Richardson is officially the fastest woman in the world!

The 23-year-old sprinter for Team USA has won the 100m race at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary today – and she did it in an epic time of 10.65 seconds. Yes, that’s right 10.65 seconds. This is not only her personal best time, it’s also a championship record by 0.02 seconds.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson finished 2nd with a time of 10.72 seconds and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce placed 3rd with a time of 10.77 seconds. All eyes were on these two women in fact, because Sha’Carri’s semi-final run wasn’t her best. She had a poor start and it mean she had to start in lane 9 – the outside lane – for the final, so when she zoomed past everyone on the track to take gold, it came as a huge surprise to all!

In an interview before the event, Sha’Carri said she isn’t worried about what the world thinks of her anymore:

“I’ve seen the world be my friend. I’ve seen the world turn on me. But at the end of the day, I’ve always been with me.” She added, “it’s my time.”

And it certainly was.

 

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You might remember two years ago at the Tokyo Olympics, Sha’Carri was among the favourites going into the games but was eliminated after testing positive to marijuana. She took full responsibility and said she’d used it following the death of her biological mother.

After her stunning 10.65-second finish today, she is now tied with Shericka Jackson and Marion Jones as the fifth-fastest woman in history.

And there could be more gold to come for Sha’Carri too. She’ll also be competing in the 200 metres and 4x100m relay.

Fun fact: America’s Florence Griffith-Joyner remains the fastest woman in history – she ran 100 metres in 10.49 seconds back in 1988.

(Feature Image Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.