Usain Bolt Advises Sha’Carri Richardson To 'Train Harder' And 'Not Say Too Much'
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Usain Bolt has offered up some advice to fellow sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson telling her to tone down her trash talk and concentrate on her training.
The eight-time Olympic gold medal winner had some advice for 21-year-old Richardson, who was booted out of the US Olympic team earlier this year after testing positive for cannabis.
She was given a one-month ban, which meant she wasn't able to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Offering up some advice for the athlete, Bolt explained to the New York Post that by bad-mouthing her rivals she would actually just make them more determined to beat her.
He told the publication: "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."
Richardson returned to the track last month, for the 100m dash at the Nike Prefontaine Classics.
And she seemed to be bursting with confidence ahead of the race, posting a meme of Nicki Minaj on social media with the caption: "I took some time off to rest and now it's game time, b****es. You have no idea!"
But despite her confidence, Richardson came in last, with Jamaican sprinter - and Tokyo 2020 gold medal winner - Elaine Thompson-Herah coming in first.
Bolt says his fellow Jamaican runners were less than impressed with Richardson's attitude.
He told the New York Post: "Jamaicans were vexed because she was talking a lot of s**t before the actual race, it is just one of those things.
"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.]"
He went on to reveal he had watched the race and was confident Thompson-Herah would win.
"I actually watched the race it was on my birthday," he said.
"So all my friends were there. We stopped everything just to watch the race. I knew Elaine was going to win.
"I knew she was going to run a fast time but I didn't expect Sha' Carri to come in last though."