Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste will be back at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics after finishing second at her national trials behind the dominance of Michelle Lee-Ahye.

Lee-Ahye won the 100-metre final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in 11.18 seconds, ahead of Baptiste 11.22.

The times were not very fast and Lee-Ahye pointed to intermittent rain as one of the problems facing the sprinters, but was happy she continued to win in her native country, running to her fourth national title.

Lee-Ahye has been overcoming personal issues with a split from her wife making the news worldwide under the cloud of violence and infedility. 

In addition, the length of the season with the IAAF World Championships of Athletics all the way in September, means running fast now has been difficult.

“For me it is a little difficult because it is a long season and so you’ve got to stretch your programme but this is not too bad right now,” said Lee-Ahye.

Kamaria Durant was good enough for third in the final with her 11.30 seconds, while Semoy Hackett was disappointing in fourth, clocking 11.43 seconds.

One notable absence was Khalifa St Fort, who recently parted ways with her coach, Olympic silver medallist, Ato Boldon.

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Gold medallist, Keshorn Walcott will likely not be a part of the country’s team to the IAAF World Championships of Athletics after fouling out at his National Trials on Saturday.

Walcott, in a field of just three, including young Tyriq Horsford and Shakeil Waithe, did manage to throw 79.98 metres as well as 77.68, which would have given him victory with the best other throw being 78.97.

However, it is Waithe who can claim national championship honours after Walcott was adjudged to have broken some rule or other and registered as a disqualification.

Horsford threw 71.67 metres for second place.

While the reason for the disqualification isn’t clear, there is the suggestion that Walcott left the competition area for too long and fell prey to rule 180.19 “Absence during Competition”.

Also quoted on the results sheet was rule 142.2, “The eligibility of an athlete to compete outside of his country”.

Walcott is the countries reigning national record holder at 90.16 metres and the trials record holder at 84.96 metres.

The results are not a done deal though as there is to be a jury of appeal hearing today.

Walcott won gold at the Olympics for Trinidad and Tobago in 2012 and bronze in 2016.

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