Exuberant Australian teenager slams the gauntlet at bigwigs after trouncing Sha'Carri Richardson in Xiamen

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Exuberant Australian teenager slams the gauntlet at bigwigs after trouncing Sha'Carri Richardson in Xiamen

Abigael Wafula 11:30 - 24.04.2024

Shericka Jackson, Sha'Carri Richardson, and co. should work extra hard following revelations from the 19-year-old Australian who shocked the sprinting world by beating Sha'Carri Richardson at the Diamond League Meeting in Xiamen.

Australia’s fastest woman, Torrie Lewis, has been making headlines after stunning World champion Sha’Carri Richardson in her season opener at the Diamond League Meeting in Xiamen, China.

Lewis finally reacted following her stunning run that saw her clock an impressive time of 22.93 seconds to finish first ahead of the American who clocked 22.99 seconds. Tamara Clark completed the podium after clocking 23.01.

The Australian, speaking to Citius Mag, was short of words, noting that it was surreal beating the World 200m bronze medallist. She could not believe what she had done and noted that her goal was not to win the race.

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“It was so surreal beating Sha’Carri. I didn’t even notice I beat them until I saw the replay and I was like, ‘Holy crap!’ So surreal! My goal was to just hold on as long as I could. I was in lane nine so I knew they would all be in front of me by 50 or 60 meters, but I just wanted to do as well as I could.

“I’ve come here straight from the nationals, knowing this was my opponents’ season-opener so I knew I had an edge coming in, but I just wasn’t entirely sure because I had never raced those athletes before,” Lewis said.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Lewis explained that she is closer to qualifying for the Olympics as she chases more history in the world of sprints. She prefers running the 200m to the 100m but she noted that whatever she gets to run, she will do it willingly.

“I think, and I also want, to be the first woman in Australia to go sub-11 seconds [in the 100m], I think that’s a very realistic goal of mine, and similar in the 200, I want to get to either the low 22s [seconds] or sub-22. I think that’s very realistic.

“I want my name to be there forever if it can. Obviously, the records are always going to be broken, but I want to make it as hard as possible for the next person to come and break it,” she said.

Now, Lewis’ focus turns to the World Relays in the Bahamas after her win in China and will spend the next couple of months attempting to achieve Olympic eligibility before the window closes in June.

“All I think I need to do is stay fit and healthy, injury-free, get myself to the starting line in one piece and I think I’ll be able to either run the times or run myself into the points quota to also qualify,” Lewis said.