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June 8th, 2019
Austin, Texas

Capping off a truly memorable day of sprinting by young, emerging collegiate women, the 200 meter finalists put on a clinic in the furlong final.

The preliminary round on Day Two offered a premonition of how hard fought this event would be. Those who didn’t bring their A game were quickly dispatched. Four of the advancing athletes set personal bests as it took 22.65 or better to earn a lane in the final. In Heat 2, LSU super frosh Richardson showed she was ready as she roared around the curve and crossed the line first in 22.37 to set a new facility record and collegiate leader. In doing so, Richardson, who had also earlier ran 10.99 to qualify for the 100m final, became the first woman in World U20 history to clock sub-11 and sub-22.4 in the same day. Yet the Tigress’ new leading marks were short-lived. In the very next heat, USC junior Angie Annelus delivered her own special message as the defending champion threw down a 22.35 clocking to lower the stadium best and collegiate-leading time even further.

After the early round fireworks, everyone knew the women’s 200 meter final would be scintillating. Fueled with the excitement generated by the jaw-dropping 10.75 posted by LSU’s Sha’ Carri Richardson to claim the 100 meter crown earlier in the afternoon, the crowd’s anticipation was palpable as the half-lap finalists climbed into the blocks. At the crack of the starter’s pistol, the sprinters tore around the curve with defending champion Annelus and young Richardson – in lanes 5 and 6 respectively – separating themselves from the field as the race entered the straightaway. A tense homestretch battle ensued. In the final meters, Richardson pressed for the lead, but the USC star continued to fight on with the Trojan’s perfectly-timed lean making the difference. The USC victor’s personal best clocking of 22.16 set a new facility record and collegiate leader. Richardson, 2nd in a personal best of 22.17, completed the greatest World Junior sprint double ever: her 100m time of 10.75 taking down the nearly 42-year old WJ 100 meter record [the 1977 10.88 by East Germany’s Marlies Göhr] and her 200m mark of 22.17 bettering the nearly 15 year old WJ 200 meter record [the 22.18 silver medal performance by USA’s Allyson Felix in the 2004 Athens Games].

In the mixed zone, Annelus offered a poised summary of her performance. “I just prayed to God before the race to just have a smooth race, and whatever the results are, I’m going to be happy with them,” said the Trojan sprint star who savored the successful defense of her 200 meter title. “I’m just overjoyed right now. I was giving it my all. I’m so happy I was able to get a PR and come out here and defend the title.” In response to an inquiry about the blanket finish, Annelus, who finished 7th in the 100m earlier in the day, said “It was a toss up. I know we were both leaning at the line, so I was just happy to see my name pop up first.”

Surrounded by the media, the new World Junior record holder offered her views on her stunning sprint performances. Her mindset going into the 200 meter final: “In the 2, I knew if I gave it my best I could I would be all right.” On bettering Felix’s World Junior record in the 200 meters: “That was amazing. I did not think I was going to do that.” On her confidence: I’ve always been a pretty confident athlete. I’ve always believed that you have to believe in yourself before anyone else will believe in you.” LSU freshman Sha’Carri Richardson gained more than a few believers today.

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Dave HunterDave Hunter is a track & field journalist, announcer, and broadcaster.  Dave reports on the premier track & field gatherings around the globe, frequently serves as an arena or stadium announcer for championship events, and has undertaken foreign and domestic broadcast assignments in the sport.


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