Kelly-Ann Baptiste

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Kelly-Ann Baptiste
Kelly-Ann Baptiste Daegu 2011.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Trinidad and Tobago
Born (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 27)
Scarborough, Tobago
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 54 kg (119 lb)
Sport
Sport Running
Event(s) 100 metres, 200 metres

Kelly-Ann Kaylene Baptiste (born 14 October 1986) is a track and field sprint athlete who competes internationally for Trinidad and Tobago.[1]

Junior[edit]

Competing at the international level for the first time, Kelly-Ann bowed out in the semi-finals of the World Junior Championships in Athletics. She ran 12.03 seconds to end seventh in her heat at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

In 2003, Kelly-Ann was the first Trinidad & Tobago female sprinter to win a medal in a global track meet when she ran 11.58 seconds to take bronze in the 100m at the 3rd IAAF World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada. Less than a year later, she took 200m gold and 100m silver at the XVI Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track & Field Championships, in Veracruz, Mexico. She followed that up with fourth place in the 200m final at the 10th IAAF World Junior Championships, in Grosseto, running 23.46 and missing out on bronze by one-thousandth of a second.

Kelly-Ann completed a busy year by making her Olympic debut in Athens, running the lead-off leg in the 4x100m relay, but she was unable to complete the baton exchange with Fana Ashby, and T&T exited the event in the first round.

In 2005, Kelly-Ann ran 11.39 and 23.35 to win the 100m and 200m races at the CARIFTA Games on her home island of Tobago. She then competed at the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Finland, and reached the quarter-finals of the 100m, where she ran 11.42 to finish sixth.

College[edit]

In 2005, Kelly-Ann began her track career at Louisiana State University. In her freshman season, sandwiched between CARIFTA and World Championships, she made the finals of three events at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, finishing fourth in the 100m (11.37), eighth in the 200m (23.42) and anchoring the Lady Tigers to fifth in the 4x100-m relay.

She would end her collegiate career in 2008 as a 14-time All-American (having made that number of NCAA event finals), a six-time NCAA Mideast Regional Champion and a two-time NCAA champion. Her two titles came in her senior season, as she became the first Lady Tiger to sweep 60m and 100m titles at the NCAA Championships in the same season. She scored a team-high 19 points at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to lead the Lady Tigers to their first national championship since 2004 and their 25th NCAA team title.

Those accomplishments earned Kelly-Ann recognition as Southeastern Conference Female Runner of the Year for the Indoor and Outdoor seasons, and US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Central Region Female Track Athlete of the Year.

Kelly-Ann returned to major international competition when she represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed at the 100m and placed second in her first round heat after Chandra Sturrup in a time of 11.39. She qualified for the second round in which she failed to qualify for the semi finals as her time of 11.42 was the sixth time of her race.[1] Together with Wanda Hutson, Ayanna Hutchinson and Semoy Hackett she also took part in the 4x100 metres relay. In their first round heat they did not finish and once again Trinidad & Tobago was eliminated due to a mistake with the baton exchange.[1]

Professional[edit]

In May 2009, at the Grande Prêmio Brasil Caixa in May 2009,[2] Kelly-Ann set a Trinidad & Tobago national record in the 200 metres finishing with a time of 22.60 seconds. Later that year, she would go on to make the semifinals of the 100 and 200 at the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, finishing fifth (11.04 seconds) and 4th (22.96) respectively. She was also invited to the IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final, where she ran 11.27 to finish 8th in the 100.

Despite the absence of major meets in 2010, Kelly-Ann had a stellar competitive year. She began training in Florida with 2007 triple world champion Tyson Gay, 2001 World 200m gold medallist Debbie Ferguson Mc Kenzie and 2004 Olympic and 2009 World 4 × 100 champion Aileen Bailey, under coach Lance Brauman. Although she had had success in the collegiate ranks under head track and field coach Dennis Shaver, the change of environment brought the desired results.

In June, the Trinidadian star achieved the then-best performance of the year in the women's 100, doing 10.84 at the National Training Centre (NTC) Stars Invitational meet, in Clermont, Florida, making her the 27th-fastest woman over that distance all-time. She had a good run at the inaugural Samsung Diamond League, ending third in her event on points. Kelly-Ann then achieved perhaps her most significant victory to date, winning the 100 at the first-ever IAAF / VTB Continental Cup. Her time of 11.05 was the fourth-fastest winning time in the history of that meet.

Kelly-Ann then joined American Shalonda Solomon (who was second in the individual 100), Cydonie Mothersill of the Cayman Islands and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas to win the women’s 4×100 relay for the Americas in a time of 43.07. 2011 ISTAF IAAF World Challenge meet, in Berlin, German 100m Winner.

Failed drugs test[edit]

Baptiste failed a drugs test in August 2013 and did not compete at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow[3]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
55 metres 6.73 Gainesville, Florida, United States 26 February 2006
60 metres 7.13 Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States 2 March 2008
100 metres 10.83 Port-of Spain, Trinidad 22 June 2013
200 metres 22.60 Belém, Brazil 24 May 2009

100m Progression[edit]

Time (seconds) Venue Date
11.78 Port-of-Spain (TRI) 14 April 2002
11.48 +0.5 Bridgetown (BAR) 9 June 2003
11.40 0.0 Szombathely (HUN) 8 August 2004
11.17 +0.6 Port-of-Spain (TRI) 25 June 2005
11.08 +1.4 Fayetteville (USA) 14 May 2006
11.22 +1.3 Baton Rouge (USA) 24 March 2007
11.06 +1.9 Austin (USA) 5 April 2008
10.94 +1.7 Port-of-Spain (TRI) 19 June 2009
10.84 +1.8 Clermont (USA) 5 June 2010
10.83 +1.6 Port-of-Spain (TRI) 22 June 2013

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Trinidad and Tobago
2001 CARIFTA Games (U-17) Bridgetown, Barbados 6th 100 m 12.39   (0.0 m/s)
5th 200 m 25.27   (−4.0 m/s)
2002 CARIFTA Games (U-17) Nassau, Bahamas 3rd 100 m 12.05   (0.6 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) Bridgetown, Barbados 6th 100 m 12.36   (0.0 m/s)
2nd 200 m 24.82   (−1.0 m/s)
World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 7th (sf) 100 m 12.03   (0.7 m/s)
2003 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 5th 100 m 11.77 w   (3.8 m/s)
5th 200 m 24.31   (−3.0 m/s)
2nd 4x100 m relay 45.09
World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 3rd 100 m 11.58   (1.8 m/s)
2004 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Hamilton, Bermuda 3rd 100 m 11.94   (−1.7 m/s)
3rd 200 m 23.86   (1.1 m/s)
2nd 4x100 m relay 46.09
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Coatzacoalcos, México 2nd 100 m 11.50   (0.6 m/s)
1st 200 m 23.37 w   (2.7 m/s)
2nd 4x100 m relay 45.10
World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 4th 200 m 23.46   (−0.2 m/s)
2005 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago 1st 100 m 11.39   (0.9 m/s)
1st 200 m 23.25   (0.1 m/s)
2nd 4x100 m relay 44.76
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th (qf) 100 metres 11.42   (−0.1 m/s)
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 6th (qf) 100 metres 11.42   (0.1 m/s)
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th (sf) 100 metres 11.07   (−0.1 m/s)
4th (sf) 200 metres 22.96   (0.5 m/s)
2011 World Championships Daegu, Korea 3rd 100 metres 10.98   (−1.4 m/s)

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