The sprinter won the world over by dominating the 100-meter heat mere days after her biological mother passed away.
In just 10.64 seconds, Sha’Carri Richardson became a household name.
Following her domination of the trial and in a post-competition interview, Richardson revealed that her win follows a heart-wrenching week; the athlete shared that her biological mother passed away just a week prior to her Olympic-certifying win.
Richardson is currently the front-runner to win in this week’s 200-meter race where she currently has the fastest qualifying time at 22.11 seconds. If she goes on to win gold in Tokyo next month, she’ll be the first American woman to do so since Gail Devers in 1996.