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Ahye 5th, Cedenio 6th at Prefontaine Classic

Rachael Thomspon-King :: Trinidad Guardian :: 01.07.2019

T&T sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye crossed in fifth place in the women's 100 metres event at the Prefontaine Classic in Stanford in the United States on Sunday.

The national sprint champion went over the line with a 11.23-clocking in the dash which was won by Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast, who overcame a slow start to win in 11.02 seconds in a tight race ahead of Americans Aleia Hobbs (11.04), Teahna Daniels (11.13) and Sha'Carri Richardson (11.15), who crossed in second, third and fourth place, respectively.

Ahye, however, did finish ahead of two big names in the race including Jamaica's two-time Olympic 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who placed eighth in 11.39 and USA's Tori Bowie, who was seventh in 11.30. Filling the other spots were English Gardner (USA) in sixth with 11.24 and Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji in ninth place with 11.42.

Later, T&T's Machel Cedenio finished sixth in the men's 400m. The local quartermiler, coming off a second-place finish with 44.92 at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston Jamaica last month, clocked 45.71.

Winning the one-lap event was American Michael Norman in 44.62 seconds. An excellent second bend saw Norman take control of the race, and he won from countryman Kahmari Montgomery (45.12) with another US athlete, Fred Kerley, in third with 45.33.

Other Caribbean athletes competing in the race included Barbados' Jonathan Jones who was fourth in 45.57 and Bralon Taplin of Grenada placed eighth place with 45.94.

In the women's 200m, Blessing Okagbare, running in lane eight, powered to victory in the women's 200m. The Nigerian finished really strongly to win from favourite Jamaican Elaine Thompson (22.21) with Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith in third with 22.42. Qatar's Salwa-Eid Naser ran a new national record of 22.51 in fourth with Dafne Schippers back in sixth place in 22.62.

In other events, Caster Semenya dominated the field in the 800m to take her unbeaten record in the event to 31 races. South Africa's double Olympic champion won in a meet record of 1:55.70 with Ajee Wilson next some three seconds back.

Ukraine's Nataliya Prischchepa fell on the final bend as she tried to sprint around the outside, but no trouble for Semenya who was well clear of any danger.


Ahye 5th, Cedenio 6th at Prefontaine Classic
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T&T's Michelle-Lee Ahye placed fifth in the women's 100m.

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