World Championships 2023- Sha’Carri Richardson wins 100m gold as Dina Asher-Smith comes eighth

Dina Asher-Smith missed out on a 100m medal at the World Championships in Budapest as American Sha’Carri Richardson beat a star-studded field of rivals to claim her first major title.

Britain’s Asher-Smith finished a disappointing eighth in 11.00 seconds after scraping through the semi-finals.

Richardson, contesting her first major final at 23, clocked a championship record 10.65 secs to take victory.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson took silver ahead of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Jackson, the reigning 200m champion, ran 10.72 secs as compatriot and record five-time champion Fraser-Pryce finished in 10.77.

Three-time individual world medal winner Asher-Smith, who was crowned 200m champion in 2019, was left unsure as to why she could not perform at the level she expected.

“I’m almost in disbelief. I know myself and I know that I feel good. I came here for a new personal best,” she said.

“I know I’m in great shape. It doesn’t really happen to me – that’s why I’m so surprised.”

The 27-year-old has made a habit of producing her best at major championships, but her participation in the final was initially unclear after a unconvincing run in the semis earlier in the session.

Asher-Smith appeared to have qualified for the medal race as the last non-automatic qualifier by one thousandth of a second.

But Poland’s Ewa Swoboda was then also permitted to contest the final by organisers due to the miniscule difference between the times set by the two, leaving nine athletes in a stacked race featuring the six fastest women in the world.

In the final it was Richardson – competing at her first major championship after missing the Tokyo Olympics through suspension and failing to qualify for last year’s Worlds – who prevailed, greeting victory with joyous celebrations.

Richardson shocks the world – and herself

Sha'Carri Richardson crosses the line in Budapest
Richardson won from the outside lane in Budapest

At first, Richardson simply could not believe it.

Inexperienced at this level, she had failed to secure automatic qualification after finishing behind Jackson and Marie-Josee Ta Lou in her semi-final.

But, as the battle for gold appeared to be focused on a blur of yellow and green as the Jamaican duo Jackson and Fraser-Pryce duked it out in the centre, Richardson stole in from lane nine.

The stunned American almost stumbled over the edge of the track as she backpedalled in an attempt to get a better look at the big screen, waiting for confirmation of the result she longed to see.

When it arrived she was overcome with emotion before bursting into celebration, running around the track with an American flag raised above her head.

Following a turbulent start to her senior career, in which she was suspended for an anti-doping rule violation for the use of cannabis, a determined Richardson has insisted this season: “I’m not back, I’m better.”

In Budapest, she proved that in the most emphatic way.

Puzzling disappointment for Asher-Smith

A disappointed Dina Asher-Smith
Dina Asher-Smith was unable to match the pace of the medallists

Kesh Awefada

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