Usain Bolt had some straightforward words of advice for American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson: shut up and train.
The eight-time Olympic gold medallist believes that 21-year-old Richardson needs to back up her trash-talking on the track.
“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,” he told The New York Post. “So just train hard and focus on that and try to come back do it and then talk about it.”
Richardson earned a spot in the Olympics with Team USA but was hit with a one-month ban after testing positive for cannabis. The suspension caused her to miss the Olympics. She later explained that she used it as a way to cope with her mother’s death.
In her first appearance following her suspension, Richardson had hyped up her appearance before the race, only to come last in the race. Jamaica’s Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson won the race. Bolt believes that Richardson’s mouth makes the Jamaican’s that much more intent on beating her.
“Jamaicans were vexed because she was talking a lot of sh*t before the actual race; it is just one of those things,” Bolt said. “Jamaicans don’t like when people talk sh*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.”
Bolt retired from running in 2017 and is now working on his music career. His debut album, Country Yutes, is out now.