Miramar Invitational: How Sha'Carri Richardson stole the spotlight despite not competing

Miramar Invitational: How Sha'Carri Richardson stole the spotlight despite not competing

Funmilayo Fameso 14:08 - 07.04.2024

Sha'Carri Richardson's appearance at the Miramar Invitational a facelift due to her star power and an act of sportsmanship shown.

The spotlight was on Sha'Carri Richardson despite not competing at the much talked about Miramar Invitational on Saturday, April 6th.

Richardson, who was initially scheduled to compete in the 100m and 200m but withdrew two days before the meet, still made an appearance and expectedly stole the spotlight.

Sha'Carri Richardson at the Miramar Invitational. 📸 @alexxshotthat

Aside from showing up in her graceful self to give the Miramar Invitational more publicity, she was present to support other athletes and her teammates competing.

Interestingly, what stood out most for Richardson that made her steal the limelight was her act of sportsmanship to a Jamaican rival Shashalee Forbes, who pulled up injured mid-race in the women's 100m final.

The world's fastest woman and her teammate Tee Tee Terry helped Forbes out of the track, and their humble action was one of the talking points applauded by fans.

Forbes qualified for the 100m final after finishing second in her heat in 11.51s. She had a good start in the first few metres of the final until she was seen limping, before struggling to walk. An official would come to her aid before Richardson and Tee Tee Terry stepped in and walked her through the track following her withdrawal from the final.

The Jamaican sprinter, who was part of the 4x100m silver medal-winning squad at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, expressed her gratitude to both athletes for rushing to her aid.

Richardson shows several times that there may be rivalry on the track before a race, but off track, it's all sisterhood, love, peace, and light.

Her fame and influence cannot be over-emphasized, and whether she competes or not, wherever she makes an appearance, the spotlight will always be on her name.

The American speedster will now focus on officially making her season's debut in the 200m event at the Xiamen Diamond League on April 20th.