Sha’Carri Richardson crashed out of the 100m heats at the US athletics World Championship trials on Thursday as Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley made a statement in the men’s first round.
Richardson’s failure was the biggest surprise on the opening day of the US outdoor championships, the selection meeting for the World Championships to be held at the same Hayward Field venue in Eugene in July.
That leaves her looking to the weekend’s 200m for another chance at a top-three finish needed to make the team.
Richardson’s close friend Aleia Hobbs led the way into the 100m semi-finals, winning her heat in 10.88sec. Terry Twanisha was the second-fastest qualifier, winning her heat in 10.92.
He took early control in a heat run in a cool wind of 1.5m/sec, with Cravont Charleston a distant second in 10.07.
Reigning world champion Christian Coleman made it safely through, winning his heat in 10.08sec. Bracy Marvin and Elijah Hall-Thompson followed him home, both credited with 10.09sec.
“Even though the 100m is the shortest race in track and field so it seems easy, I feel like it’s super-hard,” he said. “There’s so many opportunities to mess up.”
“You’ve got to be perfect at this level.”
“If you can run, you can run,” Coleman said of the runner who narrowly lost 100m gold at the Tokyo Games last year to Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs.
– McLaughlin eases through –
The week won’t produce another showdown between McLaughlin and reigning world champion Dalila Muhammad, who received a waiver to skip the trials because of a hamstring injury but still expects to exercise her bye for the worlds.
“That was a really good race just to see kind of where my fitness was at because I hadn’t raced in two weeks,” she said.
Brazier won his first-round heat in 1:46.49 to top the qualifiers. The American, who shockingly failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, has been battling bursitis in his right foot and had raced just once outdoors this year.