With Kelly-Ann Baptiste and Semoy Hackett sidelined for doping allegations, Semoy Hackett is continuing to carry the Trinidad and Tobago flame in international women’s 100-metre sprinting.
And on Saturday in Guadeloupe at what was the 10th anniversary Invitational/International Track and Field meeting, the 22-year-old Lee Ahye sped to victory in the 100 metres event.
Lee Ahye, a semifinalist in the 100 at the London 2012 Olympic Games and a sixth-placed finalist at 60 metres in the World Indoor Championships in Poland in March this year, was timed at 11.17 seconds in her victory on Saturday.
Her winning time is the 11th fastest in the world outdoors this year, bettering the 11.18 seconds season’s best so far for Nigerian Blessing Okagbare who finished second to world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Friday’s opening leg of the IAAF Diamond Leg Meet held in Doha, Qatar.
Lee Ahye won from American Tori Bowie (11.26 seconds), Jamaican Schillonie Calvert (11.44) and two other Americans Tiffany Townsend (11.62) and Miki Barber (11.62).
Last month Lee Ahye won the 100 feature at the Southern Games on the grass track at Guaracara Park Pointe-A-Pierre.
Also in Guadeloupe on Saturday, TT’s 110-metres hurdler Mikel Thomas, timed at 14.01 seconds, was fourth in the event won by American Dominique Berger in 13.48 seconds from fellow American Wilhem Belocian (13.78) and Frenchman Ladji Doucoure (13.79).
Thomas holds 13th place on the 2014 world outdoor leading times list for the 110-metre hurdles with his 13.42 clocking achieved in an event in the USA last month. Thomas’ American-born TT compatriot Wayne Davis II is 20th best with a 13.50 time.
In 100-metres flat sprinting at the weekend in a Meeting in Clermont, Florida, USA, 2008 Beijing Olympics 4×100 metres relay silver medallist and 2012 London Olympic sprint relay bronze medallist Emmanuel Callender was 13th overall with a time of 10.51 seconds.
Richard Thompson, recent winner of the 100 at the Twilight Elite Games at the Hasely Crawford Stadium holds the number 13 spot on the world leading-times list for the event outdoors this year.
Thompson’s 10.10-second clocking at the Twilight landed him the spot.
Keston Bledman, 10.08-seconds winner of the event at the Arima Games at the Larry Gomes Stadium on Saturday, is currently 18th ranked on the world top 2014 times for the 100 with a 10.12 seconds achievement.