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TT sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye attracts world gaze and plaudits once more

by | Jul 16, 2014

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Michelle-Lee Ahye

22-year-old Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago-born MICHELLE LEE AHYE drew world attention closer to her yesterday once again as she recorded her tenth successive victory at 100 metres and after doing so at an international meet in Switzerland, she contested the 200 metres hours later and won it as well.

Under the world limelight as her now sidelined compatriot Kelly Ann Baptiste rivalled the women’s top-notchers in the recent past, Lee Ahye who reached the semifinal of the 100 at the London 2012 Olympic Games has this year assumed status as Trinidad and Tobago’s leading female sprinter.

More than that, she is the top-rank woman sprinter in the world for this year after her 10.85-seconds clocking at the Trinidad and Tobago National Championships in June stands as the fastest in the world outdoors this year.

Just Saturday past Lee Ahye defeated reigning World and double Olympic champion Shelley Ann Fraser Pryce of Jamaica in an IAAF Diamond League meeting in Glasgow, Scotland for her ninth finals triumph.

And yesterday she beat another useful field in Switzerland, clocking 11.09 seconds. The field included a number of athletes on the world 2014 list for fast times including American Tianna Bartoletta who was second in 11.20 seconds, Jamaican Schillonie Calvert who was third in 11.32 seconds and Jamaican Sherone Simpson, eighth in 11.57 seconds.

The US-based Lee Ahye returned to win the 200 in her equal best time of  22.77 seconds, hobbling just after crossing the line with concern of a hamstring injury.

A well-placed source said the problem was one of cramps.

Her 200-metre win had among her victims Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown who faded to sixth with Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas second in 22.99 and American Tiffany Townsend third in 23.03 seconds.

Lee Ahye’s run of 100-metre successes began on March 28 at a meeting in San Marcos, Texas, USA and has counted runs in Guadeloupe and Ponce, Puerto Rico in May, her Trinidad hometown in June and Lausanne, France, Scotland  and Switzerland this July.

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