Sha’Carri Richardson Runs 10.57 (+4.1) at 2023 Miramar Invitational, #4 100m Ever All-Conditions

By Jonathan Gault
April 8, 2023

Sha’Carri Richardson made an incredibly fast start to her 2023 season on Saturday in South Florida. Running her in her first individual meet of 2023 (she ran the 4×100 at the Texas Relays last weekend), Richardson clocked 10.75 (+2.8 wind) in her prelim before blitzing a 10.57 (+4.1) to win the women’s 100-meter final at the Miramar Invitational. While the tailwind was well over the 2.0 m/s legal limit, Richardson destroyed a field that included two of the top three finishers at last year’s US championships in Melissa Jefferson and TeeTee Terry. Terry was a distant second in 10.83 with no other women in the A final breaking 11 seconds. Richardson’s time was the fourth-fastest ever 100m run in all conditions.

In other events, 22-year-old Oblique Seville, last year’s Worlds 4th placer for Jamaica, won the men’s 100 in 9.91 (+2.2 wind), edging his 21-year-old countryman Ackeem Blake (9.93) while Ajee’ Wilson won her outdoor opener in the 800m comfortably in 2:02.95. Christian Coleman (20.00) edged phenom Letsile Tebogo of Botswana by three-thousandths of a second to win the 200, with World silver medalist Kenny Bednarek in 3rd (20.37) as defending US champ Abby Steiner took the women’s 200 in 22.23.

*Full results

Richardson sends a message

RIchardson was celebrating before the line

The track at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar has been kind to Sha’Carri Richardson. She set her personal best of 10.72 at this meet two years ago and today Richardson ran the fastest time of her life, albeit with a healthy tailwind. Commentator Ato Boldon said Richardson got the best start he’d ever seen from her when she ran 10.75 in the prelims, and her performance in the final was even better as she got out well and amassed a huge lead midway through the race before throwing her hands up in celebration a few meters before crossing the finish line.

Her time was the fourth-fastest 100 meters ever run by a woman in all conditions.

Women’s all-time all-conditions list

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1. 10.49 (0.0 wind) Florence Griffith-Joyner 1988
2. 10.54 (+0.9 wind) Elaine Thompson-Herah 2021
2. 10.54 (+3.0 wind) Florence Griffith-Joyner 1988
4. 10.57 (+4.1 wind) Sha’Carri Richardson 2023
5. 10.60 (+1.7 wind) Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 2021
5. 10.60 (+3.2 wind) Florence Griffith-Joyner 1988

Quick Take: This was a great run for Sha’Carri Richardson and good news for her 2023 season, but we already knew she was this good

Richardson’s 10.57 converts to 10.77 seconds in still conditions according to Jonas Mureika‘s sprint conversion calculator. That’s a fantastic run for April and is actually a more impressive performance than her 10.72 pb at this meet in 2021, which came with a +1.6 tailwind and equated to 10.81 with no wind. In fact, using Mureika’s calculator, this was the second-best 100m performance of Richardson’s life, behind only her 10.77 into a -1.2 headwind at the 2021 USATF Golden Games, which converted to 10.68 with no wind.

But Richardson’s talent has never been in doubt. We know she can run incredibly fast and we know she can run fast early in the season. What she has not yet been able to do is keep it together throughout an entire season and make it to a global championship. In 2019, Richardson won NCAAs in a sensational 10.75 as a 19-year-old, but looked exhausted at USAs after a long season and finished last in the final. In 2021, Richardson was brilliant at the Olympic Trials, but was DQ’d after testing positive for cannabis and didn’t get to run the Olympics. And last year, Richardson again entered USAs among the favorites despite a slow start to the season, but wound up bombing out of the 100m in the first round.

All of which is to say that the track season is long and Richardson will be judged on what she does at USAs in July and Worlds in August, should she make it there. But this was a very bright start. Richardson is scheduled to race again at the Botswana Golden Grand Prix on April 29 in Gaborone; it is unclear if she will race before then.

Coleman impresses in 200 as Bednarek fizzles

Christian Coleman is known best as a short sprinter, but he looked good in his first individual race of the 2023 outdoor season by getting out hard and holding off World U20 100m champion Letsile Tebogo by just three-thousandths of a second. Tebogo gained on Coleman throughout the home straight and looked to have passed him just before the line, but Coleman had the superior lean and got the win in 20.00 — a solid early-season time (his personal best is 19.85 from 2017). Tebogo, meanwhile, looked to be in pain and needed to be helped up off the track after the race. Meanwhile Kenny Bednarek, the Olympic and World silver medalist at 200, looked well off his game and could only manage 20.37 for a distant 3rd place in his first race of 2023.

*Full meet results
*Meet replay

Discussion: Sha’Carri windy 10.57!!! (+4.1) in Miramar

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