After failing to qualify for the 200-meter final on Sunday to finish her hopes for an individual medal at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, sprinter Shakari Richardson issued a statement to reporters seeking more respect in media coverage.
“I’m coming to speak not only on my own but also on the behavior of all athletes. When you do interviews, you need to have more respect for athletes,” Richardson said. “Whether they come in by winning, whether they lose, in any case, you all need to understand. Athletes need to have more respect than when you all came and threw cameras in their faces.
“Understand how an athlete works, and then ask your questions. Understand more the fact that they’re still human, regardless of the fact that you’re trying to put a dollar into something.” Thank you. “
Richardson, 22, gathered reporters from the mixed zone interview area and did not take questions after she fell behind in preparing the U.S. team for next month’s World Championships. Richardson reached the semifinals on Saturday, but finished with the 10th fastest time (22.69) in four heats. Richardson finished fifth in the semifinals on Sunday with 22.47.
Kentucky’s Abby Steiner won the 200 final in 21.77, the fastest time in the world this year. Steiner chased down Tamara Clark and Jenna in the final 50 meters, with Clark finishing with an individual best of 21.92. Prandini finished third with 22.01.
200 finalized the tough US meet for Richardson, who survived her 100-meter race, her signature event, after the first round on Thursday night.
It was a reversal for Richardson at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships after a successful performance at the NYC Grand Prix, which began in June, where Richardson won 200 in 22.38 seconds and finished second in the 100 at 10.85. Her season-best heat.
Richardson qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 100 but did not compete after being tested positive for marijuana. She was given a 30-day suspension that kept her away from the event in Tokyo and she was also dropped from the US team as part of the relay pool, although her suspension ended by the time of the 4×100 relay.
Contributed by: Lindsay Schnell, Associated Press