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Ahye cops sprint Swiss double

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
T&T’s Michelle-Lee Ahye grabs her leg on the track, after the women’s 100 m race, at the International Athletics Meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, yesterday. AP Photo

Michelle Lee Ahye’s preparation for this month’s Commonwealth Games continued in full swing yesterday, when she won her fourth consecutive 100m dash on European soil, before doubling up with a 200m win, at the annual Spitzen meeting in Lucerne,Switzerland. There was some cause for concern, however, as T&T’s fastest woman pulled up following the second race clutching her hamstring. It was later revealed that she suffered cramps following her victory in the 200 metres.

Ahye, who ran a world leading time of 10.85 seconds at the T&T National Championships last month, clocked 11.09 into a -0.7m/s headwind yesterday, well ahead of USA’s Tianna Bartoletta who finished second in 11.20. She remains undefeated for the year after 10 100m events. Only three days prior, the 22-year-old multiple Carifta and Pan American Junior champion won the 100m at the Glasgow Grand Prix in 11.01 seconds, and less than two weeks ago, she won the Diamond League 100m in Lausanne in 10.98 to beat Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, who was credited with the same time.

Ahye was not done after her success in the 100m. An hour later, she maintained her winning momentum to cop the double with her 200m in 22.77 seconds into a -0.9m/s headwind, finishing ahead of double world junior champion Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas, who clocked 22.98 seconds. The mark equalled her personal best, which she also clocked in Port of Spain in a -1.1m/s headwind in Port-of-Spain last month.