Usain Bolt says American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson should stop trash-talking and focus on training.
Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Bolt said Richardson should keep quiet after she was handed a one-month ban for testing positive for cannabis, which cost her a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Bolt explained the trash talk just makes her Jamaican competitors more determined to beat her.
He told The Post, “I would tell Sha’Carri to train harder and to be focused and not say too much … If you talk that big talk you have to back it up.
“So just train hard and focus on that and try to come back do it and then talk about it.”
In her return to the track last month after the ban, Richardson, 21, finished last in the 100-meter dash, which was won by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, who also took the 100-meter Olympic gold in Tokyo.
In advance of the race, Richardson used a 2017 Nicki Minaj meme that went viral on TikTok, saying, “I took some time off to rest and now it’s game time, b-tches. You have no idea!”
Bolt said he and his fellow Jamaican athletes were not impressed by Richardson’s attitude, given the historical rivalry between American and Jamaican sprinters.
“Jamaicans were vexed because she was talking a lot of s–t before the actual race, it is just one of those things,” he said. “Jamaicans don’t like when people talk s–t about us because we are a very proud people. So if you talk about us we are gonna want you to back it up. It definitely gave those women the extra push [to win.]”
Bolt said he had experienced the same thing with American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who had goaded him going into the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Gatlin finished second to Bolt in the 100-meter final.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Tashara Jones