Coach Boldon gives Khalifa St. Fort passing grade for Guadeloupe run

By May 15, 2018
Coach Ato Boldon gave St. Fort the thumbs up for her 11.44 run in Guadeloupe. Coach Ato Boldon gave St. Fort the thumbs up for her 11.44 run in Guadeloupe.

Khalifa St. Fort gets a passing grade from coach Ato Boldon for her performance at the Guadeloupe International on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Trinidadian was third in the 100m losing to track and field icon Alyson Felix who took the race in 11.30s. 2018 Commonwealth Games champion Michelle Lee Ahye, also of Trinidad was second in 11.35s.

St. Fort clocked 11.44 for third in what Boldon said was a pretty solid performance.

“I was actually pretty happy with it,” he told SportsMax.TV. “I’ve altered her start mechanics after some struggles during Commonwealth, and this was good execution of that change. The times from that meet are always poor across the events so we knew the time would be slow. It was about going there and competing against a decent field and she did that very well.”

The coach, who also prepares Jamaica’s Briana Williams, explained that races like Saturday’s are all about helping his young charge navigate the potentially treacherous waters between competing as a junior and handling the transition to the senior ranks.

“It’s only her second final of the season and technically it was a big improvement over any of her Commonwealth races,” he said.

“Racing Olympic medalists like Allyson Felix and Tianna Bartoletta in the field, but in a low-key meet, is part of bringing her along slowly as she transitions from junior to senior - putting her in races she can manage.

“She came home happy to beat a lot of athletes she’s never raced or beaten before, including Tianna. It sets up a good summer for her.”

Later this summer, though, these tests get a bit harder for St. Fort.

“She has some Diamond League invites so she’ll be in Europe a few times this year,” Boldon said.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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