Michelle-Lee Ahye warmed up for the 2014 Commonwealth Games with the biggest win of her career, at the British Athletics Grand Prix IAAF Diamond League meet, in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.
Ahye stopped the clock at 11.01 seconds for gold in the women’s 100 metres dash, the Trinidad and Tobago sprinter forcing Jamaica’s two-time Olympic century champion Shelly-Ann Fraser–Pryce to settle for silver in 11.10.
With the victory, Ahye preserved her 100 per cent record this season in the 100m. Ahye is also perfect in Diamond League races. The 22-year-old athlete won on her Diamond League debut, on July 3, clocking 10.98 to win the Athletissima women’s 100m dash. She followed up with yesterday’s impressive victory.
Fraser-Pryce was not the only big scalp claimed by Ahye in Glasgow. American Carmelita Jeter, the 2011m 100m world champion, finished sixth in 11.33 seconds. Ivory Coast sprinter Murielle Ahoure was third in 11.17, while Jamaicans Kerron Stewart (11.22) and Simone Facey (11.30) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
In June, at the NGC/Sagicor National Open Track & Field Championships, Ahye joined the sub-11 club, clocking 10.85 seconds to win her semi-final heat, bolting to the top of the 2014 world performance list in the process. She produced another scorcher in the championship race, storming to victory in 10.88.
T&T’s Keshorn Walcott finished sixth in the British Athletics Grand Prix men’s javelin event, the reigning Olympic champion landing the spear 79.62 metres.
Thomas Rohler enjoyed the best competition of his career, the German winning with a personal best 86.99m throw. Czech Republic’s 2013 world champion, Vitezslav Vesely produced an 85.23m effort, and had to settle for silver. Finland’s Tero Pitkamaki threw 84.95m to pick up bronze.