Warning shots fired at Sha'Carri Richardson, Fraser-Pryce as another sprinter enters the chat

ATHLETICS Warning shots fired at Sha'Carri Richardson, Fraser-Pryce as another sprinter enters the chat

Abigael Wafula 17:33 - 07.02.2024

Warning shots have already been fired at Sha'Carri Richardson and Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce with the rise of Polish sprinter Ewa Swoboda who has been making headlines lately.

Reigning World 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson and multiple World champion Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce are yet to start their 2024 seasons but another runner is already making headlines in the sprint distance.

Poland’s Ewa Swoboda has been making headlines recently and she is surely on fire this season. She has already competed four times in 2024 and she is not stopping at that.

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The 2022 European 200m silver medallist opened her season with the 60m race at the Orlen Cup Łódź where she dominated both the heats and final of the race.

The Polish runner then proceeded to the Czech Indoor Gala where she reigned supreme in the 60m race, clocking 7.07 to win the race.

Swoboda proved to be on fire on Tuesday night where she shattered Julien Alfred’s world-leading time of 7.04 that she set at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic. She clocked 7.01 to win the race at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup, shining on home soil with a world-leading time.

After the race, she said: “I feel very good after today's performance. Each run is getting faster and faster which is motivating. That's how it's supposed to be. I'm glad the Italian was pushing me from behind. It was an additional motivation to run faster.

"Today's run is a great forecast before the upcoming Polish Championships and World Indoor Championships. My only goal at the moment is to train in health for these two events."

Last season, Swoboda made it to the final of the 100m at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary where she finished sixth. She was also in action at the European Championships where she finished second in the 60m.

She has been off to a great start this season and if she manages to maintain her consistency, she might just be the next 100m star.