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Sha’Carri Richardson fails to make it out of the heats at U.S. Trials

Richardson and Hocker fall very short at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

While the Canadian Track and Field Championships are taking currently place north of the border, some major stars made headlines down south after failing to make it out of the heats at U.S. World Trials. Sha’Carri Richardson and Cole Hocker both bowed out of the heats in their respective events, meaning they will not be competing for the U.S. Team at the World Championships this summer.

Sha’Carri Richardson at 2021 Pre Classic. Photo: WC/Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Richardson arrived at trials coming off a season’s best time of 10.85 (+1.3 m/s) two weeks ago at a Continental Tour meet in New York City. On Thursday evening, she finished a disappointing fifth in her 100m prelim heat at U.S. Trials. Her time of 11.31 seconds wasn’t enough to advance her into the semis as a non-automatic-qualifier. She ended up finishing 23rd of 32 runners.

The 22-year-old sprinter got off to a rough start out of the blocks and never recovered, missing out on a place in the semi-finals and ultimately, a spot in America’s 100m sprint team for the world championships. Richardson was in no mood to chat with the media after her race, and was seen sprinting through the media tent to avoid attention.

At the 2021 Olympic Trials, Richardson won the women’s 100m but was later disqualified and banned due to a positive cannabis test by USATF.

She remains on the start list for women’s 200m. The heats are set to take place on Saturday afternoon from Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Richardson wasn’t the only upcoming U.S. star to flop out in the first round, as Olympic 1,500m finalist Hocker was also unable to qualify for the semis. Hocker went out too fast in the men’s 1,500m and ran out of gas with 150 metres to go, crossing the line in sixth place in 3:39.57. Many tracks fans had high expectations for Hocker after a sixth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics. 

Like Richardson, Hocker still has a shot at qualifying in the men’s 5,000m, which will go off on Sunday evening.

You can view the results from the 2022 U.S. Track and Field Championships here.