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Ahye wins WACT 100m sprint in Poland
Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago. (AP) - Martin Mejia

Ahye wins WACT 100m sprint in Poland

Go Back : Guardian : Rachael Thompson-King : 01.07.2021

T&T's Michelle-Lee Ahye was a comfortable winner in the women's 100 metres at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series which continued on Wednesday with the Irena Szewinska Memorial in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

At the Krzyszkowiak Stadium, the local sprinter running out of lane four, led from the start and against a headwind of minus-1.9 to win in 11.33 seconds ahead of American Kiara Parker (11.56) and Denmark's Mathilde Kramer (11.76), who were second and third, respectively.

Ahye, whose return to the circuit after being suspended for two years due to "whereabout failures", has been a quite successful one leading up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to August 8.

The national speedster booked her spot at the Toyko Games some three weeks ago at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Games New Life Invitational in Florida, USA.

She impressively dipped under the qualification standard of 11.15 seconds in both the preliminaries and in the final. Ahye lined up in heat three and crossed second in a season's best 10.96 (3.0) behind Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah, who won in 10.92, to advance to the next round. In the A final, she clocked 11.04 to place fourth in the event won by Thompson-Herah in 10.87.

The 29-year-old Ahye has been progressing well, starting off her abridged season at meets in California, with times of 11.36 in her opener at Track Meet in Irvine on May 15, and later that day, had the fastest time of 11.23 in the timed final at APU Last Chance Twilight & Multis, Cougar Athletic Stadium in Azusa.

At the Adidas Boost Boston Games on May 23, she won the C final with a time of 11.22 and on May 30 at the Chula Vista High Performance in California won the 100m in 11.03. However, the wind was above the allowed 2.0 metres per second which meant that the time was not recognised as meeting the qualifying standard for the upcoming Games. And this was after just finishing outside of the qualifying time in the preliminaries with an 11.18-timing in heat five.