Following her impressive performance during the 2023 track and field season, American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson has been honoured with her own day and a track in her hometown of Dallas, Texas.
2023 saw Richardson secure the title of fastest woman in the world after claiming gold in the 100m distance at the World Athletic Championships in Budapest, ahead of Jamaican athletes Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Richardson was honoured during a ceremony organised by the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) on November 10th, with the day officially dubbed Sha’Carri Richardson Day in Dallas.
During the ceremony, Richardson met with young sprinters from her alma mater, Carter High School. Members of the Dallas ISD voted to have the track at John Kincaide Stadium in South Dallas named the Sha’Carri Richardson Track to further honour her achievements in sprinting and her community.
Richardson described the honour as a full-circle moment, as she trained on the track during the beginning of her career. She is expected to face off with Jackson and Fraser-Pryce again at the 2024 Paris Olympics after missing her Olympic debut in 2021 due to a positive test for cannabis.