Michelle Lee Ahye, sixth in Saturday night’s women’s 100 metres final and her TT semifinalist partner Semoy Hackett carry TT’s latest expectations for a first medal at the 31st Summer Olympics, Games — Day 11 today and more track and field competition in Rio, where the buzzing continues about sprint champions Elaine Thompson, the amazing Usain Bolt and the fascinating Wayde Van Niekerk.
Ahye, into tonight’s 200 semifinal as is Hackett, finds herself drawing more home fans because of compelling performances, the latest in yesterday’s 200 preliminary round in which she ran out an impressive Heat 3 winner in a 22.50-second clocking, the fourth fastest time of the 72 women who raced in nine Heats.
Hackett who did not advance from the 100 semifinal was second in Heat 9, timed at 22.78, the sixteenth fastest among the 24 into tonight’s three semifinal Heats – Hackett in Semifinal Heat 2 and Ayhe in three.
Reyare Thomas, the other TT athlete in yesterday’s 200 opener was fifth in Heat One at 22.97 and didn’t advance.
400-metre women’s hurdler Janeil Belille last night emerged the one of the four TT hurdlers in the TT Games squad to emerge out of the preliminaries and she is into tonight’s semifinal for her 19th best time of 56.25 seconds from a fifth placed finish in Heat 4 last night. – Jehue Gordon 8th and last in his 400 run, Sprinter Mikhel Thomas 6th in his 110 and Sparkle McKnight 30th best time of the 48 in the women’s 400 were the other three TT runners.
Apart from Ahye in the women’s medal sprint race, shot putter Cleopatra Borel (7th) and 400-metre sensation Machel Cedenio (4th) are the only TT athletes to have competed in a Games final so far. TT have counted out of competition so for Dick, sailor Andrew Lewis, rower Felisha Aisha Chow, cyclist Njisane Phillip, boxer Nigel Paul, judoka Christopher Geprge, swimmers Dylan Carter and George Bovell III.
Tomorrow night brings into action London 2012 TT second and third Olympic Gold medallist javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott. Then the relays at the weekend as the Games end Sunday.