Michelle Lee Ahye yesterday underlined her status as the fastest woman sprinter at 100 metres outdoors this year with a fine late-charging run for victory in the IAAF Diamond League Athletissima meet in Lausanne, Switzerland yesterday.
Her triumph and performance stood out above her three other Trinidad and Tobago compatriots at the meet as shot putter Cleopatra Borel-Brown was 4th in her event while reigning world 400 metres champion Jehue Gordon was sixth in his and Olympic 2012 400-metre bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon was eighth and last in his.
Ahye had never before competed in an IAAF Diamond League meeting but the 22-year-old appeared not to be intimidated by lining up against the likes of double world silver medallist Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and world 200m bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria.
After a relatively poor start from lane 5, the diminutive Ahye drew level with Ahoure and stole victory on the line as both athletes were timed at 10.98.
Ahye had recently run 0.13 quicker in more favourable conditions to win her national title which landed her top spot on the world rankings for leading times outdoors in 2014.
Interviewed after the race, Ahye said “Tonight I felt really good and very pleased to have won my first Diamond League event. The time was good and I’m happy to go under 11 seconds. I know that if I can get the first 20-30 metres right, I can run a good race.”
In the men’s 100m – a non-Diamond League event in Lausanne – world silver medallist Justin Gatlin sped to a world-leading 9.80, the second-fastest time of his career, to finish ahead of compatriot Tyson Gay, who was second in 9.93.
Gatlin’s time gave him top world lead over Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson whose 9.82 seconds return in his win at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on June 21st put him number one.
Thompson was not in Lausanne yesterday as he is in France gearing up for a run in another Diamong League meet there tomorrow.
Borel-Brown and the rest of the shot put field in Lausanne yesterday again had to play second fiddle to world star Valerie Adams of New Zealand who won again to make it 50wins in a row.
Borel-Brown, 35, had a 18.88 metre best put yesterday for 4th against Adams’ 20.42. Borel-Brown is currently 8th on the world 2014 list with her 19.10-metre 2014 best achieved in Cuba in March.
Jehue Gordon appears to be continuing to struggle to replicate his magnificence at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow last August when he outdid the field and American Michael Tinsley in a thrill-packed finish. But Gordon’s 49.29-seconds log for sixth yesterday – Tinsley second to world leader and winner Javier Culson of Puerto Rico – was a 2014 best.
Lalonde Gordon meanwhile is 12th on the 400-metre world best for 2014 but he was outpaced badly timed at 48.38 as Grenada’s Kirani James won in a world leading, Diamond League and Grenada national record time of 43.74 seconds.
James’rival, American LaShawn Merritt was second in his season’s best 43.92.