Michael Johnson reveals one major quality that Sha'Carri Richardson is yet to master

Michael Johnson reveals one major quality that Sha'Carri Richardson is yet to master

Abigael Wafula 18:47 - 21.05.2024

Michael Johnson has disclosed one important quality that Sha'Carri Richardson lacks that her Jamaican competitors Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah have mastered.

American legend Michael Johnson has singled out the quality that Sha’Carri Richardson is yet to mater that her Jamaican rivals, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have already grasped.

The four-time Olympic champion, however, explained that Richardson has an aura when she steps on the track, something that has helped her to become a great personality in the sport.

He added that the American has proven to be unstoppable but she has to maintain her consistency in order to remain grounded in the sport and remain relevant for many years to come.

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"Once she gets up and into her running, her turnover, her quickness is unmatched by anyone, maybe anyone I've ever even seen. So that's a weapon that when you can apply that, she's unstoppable," Johnson told NBCUniversal Local.

“But when you have that sort of weapon, the ability to apply it and put it together all on the day, in the right time, that's the trick, that's the key that we all have to figure out.

“So, what I'll be looking for is someone has had to figure out how to do that consistently because she hasn't been as consistent as [Fraser-Pryce, Thompson-Herah].

“But hopefully it's there because she is absolutely a dynamic personality in the sport. I think she's great for the sport as well,” Johnson told NBCUniversal Local.

As the Paris 2024 Olympic Games fast approach, the 56-year-old acknowledged that the field of competition alongside Team USA is getting stronger. He added that there are also other sprinters like Letsile Tebogo and Akani Simbine who are coming up and defining sprinting in Africa.

Johnson did not leave the Jamaicans behind, noting that Usain Bolt also defined sprinting with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the women's side and Elaine Thompson-Herah, two of the most successful women sprinters of all time.

He also praised triple world champion, Noah Lyles, insisting that his personality is something to admire and he has kept track and field in the US interesting.

"I think with Noah, first and foremost, personalities are an amazing asset for an athlete, and fans certainly get into it. But if you don't have the performances to back that up then you've sort of just living a moment, you know, that's not really sustainable," Johnson added.

“But the thing about Noah is he's a great personality, but that's on top of the fact that he's just a phenomenal athlete...He sort of calls his shot and puts it out there. He's not afraid to put it out there and say, 'This is the shot I'm going to go for, and I'm going to accomplish it. I'm going to win it.' And he goes out and he backs that up, and he does it. And that's rare."