Baptiste gets first taste of action
By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Friday, August 3 2012
Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste will get her first taste of Olympic action today with the preliminaries of the Women’s 100m event taking off at 5.40 pm.
The red, white and black will be flown today by seasoned sprinters Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle Lee Ahye, Semoy Hackett while 400m hurdler Jehue Gordon will be in action as well as triple jumper Ayanna Alexander.
Baptiste is considered TT’s best chance of a medal but a recent Achilles tendonitis injury at the pre-Olympic training camp in Cardiff, Wales, caused a bit of a panic.
Speaking with the manager of the national track and field Olympic team yesterday, Dexter Voisin revealed that Baptiste has been going through her normal training routines.
“With reference to Kelly-Ann and the rumours of an injury, all we can say is that she has continued to do her usual training and is coming along well. This injury that has been so rampant in the media was actually sustained before the National Championships in Trinidad. So there’s no new injury. What I can proudly say though, is that the medical teams have been very supportive and they are working with her and all the other athletes to ensure they are all in top-form ahead of their respective events. There is currently no concern here that Kelly-Ann is injured,” he explained.
“Kelly-Ann has displayed a lot of positive signs. She seems to be very relaxed and ready to perform on the Olympic track. It’s going to be a great event,” he added
The national team manager revealed that while most of the international focus is directed toward Baptiste, Ahye and Hackett should not be easily overlooked.
He continued, “The women have been coming along nicely and they are on course for tomorrow (today).
“Pertaining to injuries, all athletes always have a little something that can be a nag at times but we’re good thus far. Kai Selvon will not be competing in the 100m and I can safely say that the three other sprinters are ready for this event.”
Voisin also made particular mention of Gordon. Similarly, he indicated that the 400m hurdler is in good form and eagerly anticipates his Olympic-berth.
He stated that Gordon is among the top contenders expected to progress through the preliminary stages and into the semi-finals and finals.
TT will also be represented today by one field athlete, Ayanna Alexander in the Women’s Triple Jump qualifying round. On June 12, Alexander recorded her personal best distance of 14.14m at a meet in Charlottesville, Virginia.