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Sha'Carri Richardson has secured her Olympic ticket. © APA / CHRISTIAN PETERSEN

Richardson sprints to Olympic ticket in world best time

US sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson has secured her place on the US track and field team for the Olympic Games in Paris in the world championships over 100 metres.

The 24-year-old world champion won the final in 10,71 seconds at the eliminations in Eugene, Oregon.

Three years ago, Richardson missed the games in Tokyo after testing positive for cannabis. At that time, she also won the qualifying race, but the victory was subsequently revoked. The US association decided not to nominate the sprinter, whose mother had previously died.

After her success on Saturday (local time), Richardson spoke of an overwhelming feeling of happiness. She said she couldn't wait to represent her team. "I feel honored. I feel everything. Every chapter I've experienced in my life has prepared me for this moment," said Richardson.

The Olympic qualifying rounds took place in the US state of Oregon. © APA / PATRICK SMITH

The other two places went to Richardson's training partners, who also ran world-class times. Melissa Jefferson came second in 10,80 seconds, and Twanisha Terry took third place in 10,89 seconds.

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