Trinidad and Tobago’s rising star, Khalifa St. Fort, won bronze for her country at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Thursday (21 July).
The 18-year-old, who will next represent her country at the Rio Olympic Games, secured her place on the medal podium in the women’s 100m dash. Her time of 11.18secs was only bettered by American Candace Hill, who beat her last year for World Youth title, 11.07CR and homegirl, Ewa Swoboda, 11.12NR.
The Ato Boldon-coached, St. Fort had the best reaction time, but Hill’s top end speed took away the race.
“I felt that I have a great start and that everything was great. I am so blessed to compete out here injury free and I had a wonderful time competing with these wonderful athletes. I just love it, I am really happy,” said St Fort.
It was St Fort’s third medal at the international level. She was second at the 2015 IAAF World U18 Championships in Cali, Colombia and later helped Trinidad and Tobago to bronze in the women’s 4X100m relay at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing China.