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Sha'Carri Richardson set to return at Prefontaine Classic after missing Olympics

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One of the best in the world on the track is coming to Eugene. 

Sha’Carri Richardson is set to return to action after missing the 2020 Olympics due to a failed drug test in which she tested positive for THC.

The 21-year-old will return for the Prefontaine Classic at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

"It was a moment of bitterness, but at the same time it was sweet because it just gives me more time, it gives me more to show the world that I'm here to stay," Richardson told TODAY. "And it just guarantees that I'm going to be here just a little bit longer in the game, but definitely watching it made me want to push forward and just grow from that." 

Returning to Hayward Field is somewhat of a homecoming for Richardson. It’s where she won the 100-meter race in 10.86 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials just two months ago.

Her win showed she could be a star in the making. She was fast and came off as different than the usual runner. Whether it was her hair, piercings, or nails, she was eye-catching.

 

Since being disqualified from the Olympics, she’s still the same person, and has learned from her mistake.

"I'm doing a whole lot better, and I'm actually proud to just continue on his journey getting better," Richardson said. "We want to perform for you guys and we want to put on the best performance for you guys, but at the same time, we're here, just like you are.

"When we step off the track, when we step off the football field, when we step off the court, we go live life just like you do. It's just for a certain amount of time we just look like superheroes.

Returning to the field will for sure be an emotional moment for Richardson, but it’ll be no easy feat. She’ll also be going against the Jamaican trio of medalists in Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson.

Olympic gold medalist and Portland, Oregon, native Ryan Crouser will be competing as well in shot put. Other locals competing include Matthew Centrowitz (Bowerman MIle), Crayvon Gillespie (men's 100m), Raevyn Rogers (women's 800m) and Jenna Prandini (women's 200m).