TT star Khalifa St. Fort and coach Ato Boldon part company

By June 27, 2019

Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Khalifa St. Fort has reportedly parted ways with her coach Ato Boldon.

Boldon, who also coaches rising sprint star Briana Williams, confirmed the news to Sportsmax.TV Thursday morning.

“I wish her well, because she took as much of a chance on me as I did on her in 2014, and there was much success along the way, including TTO national junior and youth 100m records, and medals at world u-18 and world u-20,” Boldon said, adding that the decision to end the relationship was his.

The coach explained that St.Fort approached him recently saying she needed some time off.

St. Fort, 21, declined to comment when Sportsmax.TV reached her by phone on Thursday.

In the five years that St. Fort and Boldon were together, her 100m personal best dropped from 11.86 in 2014 to 11.06 in 2017. Her 200m time dropped from 24.42 to 23.31.

She also enjoyed a measure of success as the emerging female sprint star from Trinidad and Tobago, winning the silver medal in the 100m finals at the 2015 IAAF U18 Championships and was third in the U20 finals a year later.

St. Fort also won 100-metre gold medals at the Pan Am U20 Championships in 2015 and 2017 and had sixth-place finishes in the 100m finals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the NACAC Senior Championships.

The diminutive Trinidadian was also a member of her country’s relay teams that finished fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and sixth at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London in 2017. She was also a member of Trinidad and Tobago's 4x100m bronze medal winning team in 2015 and became the youngest medalist since the championships began back in 1983.

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