At age 24, Sha’Carri Richardson’s résumé is among the top in U.S. track and field. The 2023 world champion sprinter is nearing her first Olympic Games in Paris, so get up to speed on what she’s accomplished so far.

What awards has Sha’Carri Richardson won?

In 2019, Sha’Carri Richardson, then enrolled at LSU, earned The Bowerman Award. The award stands as the greatest honor in collegiate track and field, given to the best man and best woman in the nation that year.

Richardson also has won world titles — both in 2023 — in the 100m and the 4x100m relay.

Where does Sha’Carri Richardson rank in the world?

According to World Athletics’ ranking system, Sha’Carri Richardson is the fourth-ranked female track and field star in the world. World Athletics’ system compares athletes across all disciplines and assigns performance scores based on an internal formula.

Richardson’s score of 1,506 with 100 days until the Paris Olympics trailed just Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson and The Netherlands’ Femke Bol.

Richardson is ranked first in the 100m with a World Athletics score of 1,480.

What is Sha’Carri Richardson’s fastest 100m time?

Sha’Carri Richardson achieved her fastest 100m time at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest last August, running a scorching 10.65 seconds.

Richardson and others are chasing the world record of 10.49 seconds, which was set by U.S. star Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.

Why is Sha’Carri Richardson so good?

Sha'Carri Richardson’s elite form, closing speed, strength and flexibility have all lifted her to her current world’s best status.

First, there’s Richardson’s impeccable form. She enables a higher top-end speed by keeping her trail leg forward without lunging forward awkwardly. This allows Richardson to stay straight and generate incredible ground force impact. At just 5-foot-1, these fundamentals often offer Richardson an edge against opponents like 5-foot-8 Jamaican star Shericka Jackson.

Moreover, Richardson appears to enter races with a relaxed mindset, almost never tensing up. This calmness on the track has pushed Richardson to Olympic gold medal favorite status.

Does Sha'Carri Richardson have an Olympic gold medal?

No, Sha'Carri Richardson has never competed at the Olympics.

After qualifying for the Tokyo Games by winning the 100m at the U.S. Olympic Trials, a sample revealed that Richardson had tested positive for cannabis use. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) then suspended her for one month, which kept her out of the Tokyo Games. Richardson later admitted to taking the drug.

Assuming she makes it to Paris, the 2024 Olympics will represent Richardson’s Olympic debut.