Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:45
Kelly-Ann Baptiste is hoping to become Trinidad and Tobago’s first ever female Olympic medallist. The Plymouth, Tobago sprinter has a good shot at achieving that goal.
At the 2011 World Championships, in Daegu, South Korea, Baptiste erased any doubts about her credentials as an Olympic medal contender, the Florida-based athlete claiming bronze in the women’s 100 metres dash.
Baptiste has been consistently under 11 seconds in the 100. Her first ever legal sub-11 clocking came in 2009 at the National Track and Field Championships. The queen of T&T sprinting won the title in 10.94 seconds. There were three more sub-11 runs for Baptiste in 2010, including her 10.84 national record bolt in Florida.
Five times last year, Baptiste ran under 11. Then, in her 2012 opener, the 25-year-old T&T track star clocked 10.86 seconds to finish second to reigning world champion Carmelita Jeter (10.81), of the United States, at the Jamaica International Invitational.