USA-born Trinidad and Tobago Track & Field Athlete, Khalifa St Fort
USA-born Trinidad and Tobago 17-year-old athlete Khalifa St Fort gave another indication that she has all the class to become a future sprint star when logging six standout achievments in the 100 metres at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia yesterday.
Had the bubbly partisan TT crowd at the Queen’s Park Oval last night — in raptures at the TT Red Steel’s team six-hitting and eventual crushing of the Barbados Tridents — had news of her silver medal winning performance at the 5-day championships, their joy would have been doubled.
St Fort whose mother is Trinidadian and father American but who chose to run for Trinidad and Tobago first won her Heat 2 of the eight heats in a personal best time of 11.39 seconds to book passage to the semifinal round.
Her heat-winning time was joint fastest of the 58 athletes who completed the preliminary rounds.
Later in the evening St Fort whose coach is four-time TT Olympian medallist Ato Boldon then won semifinal Heat one of 3 in a new World Youth Championships record of 11.24. But American Candace Hill broke her mark in the very next semifinal with an 11.16 clocking.
In the final last night St Fort finished second to Hill but the TT athlete finished in a new personal best time of 11.19 seconds, beaten by Hill who again posted a new championship record of 11.08 seconds.
St Fort’s success was the lone medal take for TT who have still not have a podium finish at the Pan Am Games which closed Day 6 of 16 action in Toronto, Canada yesterday.
But at the CQueen’s Park Oval, success at last last night for the Red Still following their disappointing loss in Tuesday, rain-hit noine-over-per team CPL T20 game against the St Lucia CZouks.
The Red Steel were on fire last night crushing Barbados Tridents by 72 runs, the Red Steel scoring an imposing 184 for 3, then bowling out the Tridents for 112.