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Ahye thrilled with Pan Am silver

Kwame Laurence :: Trinidad Express :: 07.08.2019

"It's a very good feeling to be on the podium, wearing my Trinidad and Tobago colours and receiving a medal. Nothing could compare to the Commonwealth gold, but it was a close second."

Michelle-Lee Ahye was beaming as she spoke to the Express, following the Pan American Games women's 100 metres medal ceremony here in Lima, Peru, yesterday. The T&T track star posed proudly with her silver medal, the fruit of an 11.27 seconds dash that was only bettered by Elaine Thompson, Jamaica's reigning Olympic champion striking gold in 11.18.

"I came out here to get a medal," said Ahye, "to be in the top three, and I did. I was relaxed for the first time in a final. The cold weather was a bit stressful but I blanked that out and just went out there and did my best. I'm happy with my performance."

Ahye's best legal clocking this season is 11.18 seconds, the time she produced in grabbing gold at the NGC NAAA National Open Championships, last month. The Carenage sprinter has not dived under 11 seconds since her 10.82 national record run at the 2017 National Championships. But though Ahye's fastest time last year was 11.06, she had the distinction of becoming T&T's first-ever female Commonwealth Games champion, courtesy of an 11.14 dash in Gold Coast, Australia.

"To people, time might be a big issue right now, but on the line at the World Championships, everything is erased. What happens at Worlds is what counts."

The 2019 IAAF World Championships will be staged between September 27 and October 6 in Doha, Qatar. Ahye is confident her American coach Matt Kane can repeat his Commonwealth and Pan Am magic, and steer her on to the Doha podium.

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"That's why I went to him, because he's smart. Even though it may be a slow process, he knows what he's doing and I trust him 110 percent.

"I'm slowly finding back my rhythm," the 27-year-old continued, "and my top end speed is slowly coming back, so hopefully by Worlds I will put everything together. A late Worlds this year is not that difficult. But it's tiring because you've got to find meets and stay in shape. I'm getting used to it now, just taking it day by day and getting ready to fire in Doha."

In the interim, Ahye can continue to bask in the glory of Pan Am silver.

"It's not the gold, but it's still a medal, and it means a lot to me."


Ahye thrilled with Pan Am silver
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SWEET SILVER: Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson, centre, and Brazil's Vitoria Cristina, right, celebrate on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Final, yesterday, during the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.  —Photo: AFP

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