A birthday gift for sprinter …”MICHELLE WINS GOLD”

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What a birthday gift!

Tuesday, Michelle-Lee Ahye, turns 26. But on Monday, she bestowed herself with a birthday gift by winning the women’s 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in fine style.

Ahye won Trinidad and Tobago its first gold medal in the women’s blue-riband event, clocking 11.14 to beat Jamaicans, Christania Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.22).

In a field weakened by the absence of Jamaica’s Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, who is only contesting the 200 metres and the 4×100 metres relay on the Gold Coast, Ahye was the pre-Games favourite courtesy of her slick personal best of 10.82, achieved in Trinidad in 2017.

She was also the best-credentialed athlete in the final, having placed sixth at both the Rio Olympics (2016) and last year’s world championships in London.

The heavily tattooed and sporting dyed red dreadlocks, was among the quickest out of the blocks and she began to clear away from the field at the 60-metre mark.

Evans produced a mighty challenge in the outside side to finish strongly, but she could not catch Ahye nor her teammate Williams.

Ahye, who was Trinidad and Tobago’s flag bearer in last Wednesday’s opening ceremony, pumped her right fist as she crossed the finish line before falling on the track on the top bend in celebration.

She once again carried her country’s flag as she embarked on a lap of honour and she will perhaps add another gold medal in the 4×100 metre relay later in the program, given the depth of Trinidad and Tobago sprinting.

This medal adds to the silver which swimmer Dylan Carter won in the 50 metre butterfly event.
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