“Terrific ‘Tattooed Tearaway’ torments track to thrill Trinidad and Tobago!”
Well, now that we have honoured sporting success in that timeless tradition of excessive alliteration, how about that Michelle-Lee Ahye, eh?!
The red-haired sprinter ended a 20 year gold medal drought for the “Red, Black and White” this morning, as she dashed off with the 100 metre women’s crown at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Unshackled at last at the Carrara Stadium, the 25 year old Ahye claimed her first major international senior medal with an 11.14 run, after sixth place finishes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the London 2017 World Championships.
In the process, the smooth sprinter left Jamaica’s Christiana Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.22) in second and third place respectively while compatriots Khalifa St Fort (11.37) and Reyare Thomas (11.51) ended in sixth and seventh place.
After treating the world to some great male sprinters, from Hasely Crawford to Ato Boldon to Richard Thompson, it is the ladies’ time to carry the mantle in the marquee event. And perhaps it should come as no surprise that they were more than up to the task.
Elsewhere in the Gold Coast, the news was not as rosy in the men’s 400 metre event as—following on a preliminary round injury to 2017 World Championship bronze medal winner Lalonde Gordon—Machel Cedenio and Renny Quow both failed to advance past the semifinal stage.
Paralympic world boss Akeem Stewart was fractionally short of his season’s best throw in the short putt final but his 19.10 effort in the final was only good enough for ninth.
And lightweight boxer Michael Alexander could not find his way past India’s Manish Kaushik, as he failed to build on a superb start and lost on points in the Round of 16 contest.
Rheeza Grant and Abby Blackman progressed in the women’s volleyball, though, as they down Fiji—just as their male counterparts did two days ago.
And, tonight, it is the turn of the ping pong players as Dexter St Louis, Rheann Chung, Aaron Wilson and Yuvraaj Dookram take to the table tennis boards in the singles event.
Dookram gets first serve at 7:30pm when he faces Malaysia’s Chee Feng Leong.
But it will take some doing to top Michelle-Lee.
Rio Olympic 100 metre champion Elaine Thompson opted not to compete in the short sprint while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, third at the Rio Games, took time off in 2017 to give birth. It left Ahye as the fastest woman on the track when the finalists lined up today in the Carrara Stadium.
But could she hold her nerve and deliver when it mattered?
Ahye flew out of the blocks like a hyperactive child responding to the lunch bell. O’Lawd Oye!
Her rivals did not see again until she stopped to pose for photographs with a Trinidad and Tobago flag. All gold everything.
The Commonwealth has a new track queen!
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Love the alliteration! What a way to honour Michelle Lee Ahye’s amazing accomplishment! Congratulations! You totally deserve it
Congratulations Michelle at last we have something to be proud of. Thank you and God blessing for the future
Is time for a million dollar cheque girl .
Well done, congratulations.
Ah find is like nobody talking about Ato …
Considering his pointed barbs at Ahye in the run-up to these games, Ato now has to eat a bit of Aussie humble pie as a result of her victory.
I don’t know if this will be any more palatable for Mr Boldon than the last Australian dish he was offered: Tim Tam biscuits from Nova Peris
How it is that none of the other athletes from TnT that were in the race as well didn’t go to celebrate with her or congratulate there fellow countrywoman?!?
They had a disagreement prior to the race. Apparently ppl were not talking to one another. It happens sometimes hope they sort that out
Congratulations Michelle on that successful run, u make me so proud of u and T & T as a hole thisspite all the negative things that some people just bent on bringing down the country, u have shown that with hard work and dedication aney thing is possible, so I say injoy it to the fullest god bless.
Well done young lady, great performance.
Heard it had alot of disagreements in the locker room before the race. None of them talking to each other
It’s really sad that this silly beef–which had nothing to do with the athletes at the Games–was not dealt with already. Smh.
Let’s forget the negatives for now and bask in the glory.
The cabinet change meant there wasn’t much time for that… but you’re right.
And a world record too. She worked long and hard for this. Congratulations Michelle. A job well done.
Great! You have work very hard, fight through the struggle but you made it blessing
Well we are all feeling proud i wonder if corporate trinidad feeling proud to since they do not support our sports men and women
…….I think not.
Feeling so Proud this morning!
Congratulations Michelle -Lee. (Kanonkie) You did us proud. I have known you since you were three years old. Best of luck always