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Ahye 5th in 100m semis, miss out on final
T&T sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye

Ahye 5th in 100m semis, miss out on final

Go Back : Guardian : Rachael Thomspon-King : 21.08.2023

T&T's Michelle-Lee Ahye was a fifth-place finisher in semifinal heat one in the women's 100m dash and did not advance to the final on Monday at the World Athletics Championship in Hungary.

The medal race turned out to be a thrilling affair at Budapest23 with American Sha'Carri Richardson winning gold in a Championship record time of 10.65 seconds. The American running lane nine, spoiled the Jamaican sweep of the top two spots, defeating Shericka Jackson into second with 10.72 and third-placed defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who ran a season's best 10.77.

Filling the remaining spots were Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou in fourth spot with 10.81, Julien Alfred of St Lucia with 10.93 in fifth, Poland's Ewa Swoboda in sixth with a personal best 10.97, USA's Brittany Brown also with a 10.97 for seventh spot and Dina Asher-Smith (Great Britain) and Tamari Davis (USA), with 11.00 and 11.03, respectively.

Earlier, Ahye, running out of lane three clocked 11.18 seconds and finished tied for fifth spot with Gina Luckenkemper of Germany in the opening heat which was won by Fraser-Pryce with a time of 10.89, followed by American Tamari Davis with 10.98 in second place. Also finishing ahead of the T&T sprinter was Swoboda in third place with 11.01 and Great Britain's Daryll Neita with 11.03.

Fraser-Pryce, a five time World champion, and Davis advanced out of the first heat as the automatic qualifiers while Swoboda qualified as one of the fastest losers.

Eventual champion Richardson progressed to the final as one of the fastest finishers after placing third in heat two behind joint winners Jackson (10.79) and Ta Lou (10.79). The other three finalists emerged out of the third heat which was won by Alfred in 10.92 and she was joined by second-placed Brown (10.97) as the automatic qualifiers. The other qualifier Asher-Smith was third with an 11.01-timing.