The London 2012 Olympics is in full swing now and adrenaline is pumping, hearts are racing and records are being broken as we wait in hungry anticipation for the crowning of the world's best. As you read this story you are probably sitting patiently on your couch waiting to see T&T's sprinting queens — Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kai Selvon and Semoy Hackett-with reserves, Reyare Thomas (4x100m) and Sparkle Mc Knight (4x100m), in the 100 and 4 x 100 metre events. Indeed they are our celebrated wonder women who stand a great chance in bringing home gold for Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to this ensemble, Janeil Bellille (400m hurdles), Ayanna Alexander (triple jump) and Cleopatra Borel (shot put), will also show their best form on the London track in their events later in the week and Kia Selvon with test her speed once more in the 400 metres. The 200m round starts tomorrow with finals on Wednesday, with the Women's 400m events on Friday, yesterday and today; and the Women's 400m Hurdles today, tomorrow and Wednesday.
Tomorrow, the Women's Shot Put will kick off and the Women's Triple Jump on Friday and today.
As we cheer on the T&T Olympic women in their quest for gold, Express Woman salutes them and in celebration of their great strides, here is some more information for your perusal.
Cleopatra Borel (shot put)
Cleopatra Borel's personal best throw is 19.03 metres, achieved in August 2010 at the London Grand Prix. She has thrown 19.48 metres on the indoor track, achieved in February 2004 in Blacksburg. A main gold and silver contender at the Commonwealth Games, Central American and Caribbean Championships and Pan American Games, Borel made her Olympic debut in 2004 at the Athens, Olympics, Greece placing 10th and that same year she placed 8th at te World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo.
Kelly-Ann Baptiste (100m; 4x100m)
In 2003, Kelly-Ann Baptiste was the first Trinidad & Tobago female sprinter to win a medal in a global track meet when she ran 11.58 seconds to take bronze in the 100m at the 3rd IAAF World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada. A year later, she seized 200m gold and 100m silver at the XVI Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track & Field Championships, in Veracruz, Mexico. At the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Finland, the speedy sprinter reached the quarter-finals of the 100m, where she ran 11.42 to finish sixth. Her most noteworthy acaheivment however, was the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Korea in which she ran 10.98.
(100m; 200m; 4x100m)
Semoy Hackett, born November 27, 1988, represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed at the 100 metres sprint and together with Wanda Hutson, Ayanna Hutchinson and Kelly-Ann Baptiste she also took part in the 4x100 metres relay.
Ayanna Alexander is Trinidad and Tobago's most explosive triple jumper. The US trained athlete has reaped many feats in the Commonwealth Games, Central American and Caribbean Championships and Pan American Games. She will vie for her most elite medal however at the London Olympics and based on her record it is expected that she will deliver nothing short of excellence.
Kai Selvon (100m; 200m; 4x100m)
T&T sprinter Kai Selvon, 20, is honoured to represent T&T at the 2012 London Olympics. Student at Auburn University, USA and former resident fo La Seiva, St Joseph, Trinidad she clocked the fifth fastest time at the 2012 US NCAA Indoor All American 60m/200m race in 23.15 seconds. A force to be reckoned with on the T&T relay team, she will join forces with Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Semoy Hackett and Michell-Lee Ayhe on the track for the London 2012 Olympics.