Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad & Tobago and her team are qualified for the women's 4x100 metres relay final (Getty Images)
Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad & Tobago and her team are qualified for the women's 4x100 metres relay final (Getty Images)
  • COUNTRY Trinidad And Tobago Trinidad And Tobago
  • DATE OF BIRTH 10 APR 1992

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Updated 11 September 2014


Michelle-Lee AHYE, Trinidad and Tobago (60/100/200/4x100m)

Born: 10 April 1992, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Lives: Houston, Texas, USA

1.68m/59kg

Coach: Eric Francis

Agent: Treshell Mayo

 

Michelle-Lee Ahye is motivated by love, the deep love she feels for her rock and fortress, Raquel Ahye. Raquel is the young sprinter’s mother.

“Growing up, it was just me and my mom,” Michelle-Lee explains. “My dad wasn't around so things were hard. Seeing my mom struggle to take care of me I made a promise to myself that this track thing is my way out, to help me and my mom. My idol has always been my mom. I've never seen such a strong, independent woman. She motivates me every day.

“She played a very big part in my life. She never missed a track meet unless I had to travel. She raised me to be the woman I am today. If it wasn't for her I probably would have been wasting my life doing nothing. She has had my back through the good and bad. If I needed a shoulder to cry on she was there.”

Ahye got her first taste of athletics while attending Carenage Girls Government Primary School. “I got involved in track and field at the age of six during PE (physical education) class with Miss Abeyola Akowe. We were doing some runs, and I guess she saw it in me and told my mom.

“From the moment I joined a club,” she continues, “and started competing and winning, I said to myself, ‘hey, I’m good at this, I should keep it up’.”

Ahye is grateful to her mother and her PE teacher for the roles they have played in her track and field career. “My mom, my granny Madline and Miss Akowe were the ones behind me. From day one they have been there, and up to this day they’re still here with me.”

Ahye can be a world-beater. This has been evident from early. As a 14-year-old, she clocked 11.94 seconds in the 100 metres. And at 15, Ahye was crowned 2007 Carifta Games under-17 champion with an 11.76 clocking in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The improvement continued, and in 2008 Ahye retained her Carifta title, the T&T sprinter getting to the line in 11.66 seconds. Earlier in the season, she had clocked 11.48.

Ahye was the class of the under-20 100m field at the 2010 Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands, winning the century in 11.50 seconds. She went on to clock 11.32 in striking gold at the T&T Junior Championships, establishing herself as a genuine contender for the World Junior Championship title in Moncton, Canada.

At the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Championships in the Dominican Republic, however, Ahye did not face the starter in the 100m championship race, complaining of muscle soreness after leading all qualifiers into the final with an 11.61 run. That injury kept her off the T&T team for Moncton.

“My biggest disappointment was when I got injured two years back-to-back, which took away my chance from making the World Junior team, knowing I had a good chance of getting a medal.”

In 2011, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Ahye was dethroned as Carifta Games 100m champion, her 11.44 seconds run earning her silver, behind Bahamian Anthonique Strachan (11.38).

But there was revenge for Ahye at the Pan American Junior Championships, in Florida, USA. The T&T teen scorched the track in 11.25 seconds to grab gold, ahead of American Keilah Tyson (11.39) and Strachan (11.46).

Ahye carried that momentum into the World Championships in Daegu, Korea. “My biggest achievements were making my first World Championships, making it through to the semis being only 19, and making the Olympics and also making it through to the semis…that moment and feeling is one I'll never forget.”

In Daegu, Ahye advanced to the semi-final round with a then personal best 11.20 run. She also got to the 100m semis at the 2012 London Olympics and 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Before heading to Moscow, Ahye clocked 11.06 seconds to finish second to Kelly-Ann Baptiste (10.83) in the National Championship final.

Ahead of her 2014 campaign, Ahye was hoping for a breakout season.  “Season goals are to run some really good times in the 100 and 200, and to finish my season injury-free.”

On February 15, Ahye won the 60m dash at the Millrose Games in New York, USA with an impressive 7.13 seconds run, equalling the T&T indoor record established by Baptiste in 2008.

In March, at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, Ahye improved on the T&T standard, getting to the line in 7.10 seconds for third spot in her semi-final heat. In the final, she finished sixth in 7.16.

Outdoors, Ahye clocked a personal best 10.85 seconds in the National Championship 100m semis, and followed up with victory in the final in 10.88. With the 10.85 run, Ahye is second on the 2014 world performance list. And in the 200, she has twice clocked 22.77 seconds this season.

In addition to the fast times, Ahye beat Jamaican Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown during 2014, as well as the 2011 100m world champion Carmelita Jeter of the United States.

A hamstring injury, however, thwarted Ahye’s bid for honours at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She opted out of the 100m semis, after struggling in her first round heat.

Ahye gets another shot at glory at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup.

The Trinidad and Tobago sprinter is just 22, and, whatever happens in Marrakech, Morocco this weekend, seems set to enjoy a long and successful career.

“I came a long way. Been working hard to be one of the best someday, to be recognised for my talent, and save so I can take care of my mom.”

Born and bred in Carenage, a community in northwest Trinidad afflicted with a stigma of crime, Ahye is keen to prove the critics wrong.

“My hometown, Carenage inspires me because people say bad stuff like nothing good ever comes out of Carenage, only gangsters, etcetera. But not me!

“I lived in Carenage up until I was 18, moved to Mt. Hope (Trinidad) with the manager of TNT Elite Sports, Sean Roach, who helped me out for a couple years with my track career. Then I moved to Woodbrook (Trinidad) on my own for about six months before I came to Houston (Texas).”

Though Ahye is quiet and unassuming, she stands out in a crowd. “Some people might think I'm some type of bad person because of my tattoos. Don't let my tattoos fool you. Behind all these tattoos is a very quiet girl who don't look for no kind of trouble, who keeps to herself, and minds her own business.

“I just love tattoos, and although I may not smile a lot, that's just me. So don't think of the worse. I'm human like everybody else, I'm friendly, and very easy to talk to.”

 

Personal Bests

60m: 7.10 (2014)

100m: 10.85 (2014)

200m: 22.77 (2014)

 

Yearly Progression

60m/100m/200m: 2006: 11.94/24.60; 2007: 11.76, 11.63w/24.30, 24.23w; 2008: 11.48/23.80; 2009: 11.69; 2010: 11.32/24.14, 23.71w; 2011: 11.20, 11.15w/23.92w; 2012: 7.49i/11.19/23.13; 2013: 7.32i/11.06/22.98; 2014: 7.10i/10.85/22.77


Career Highlights

2007 

1st  

(100m)

Carifta Games U17 (Providenciales)    

11.76  

2008

1st  

(100m)

Carifta Games U17 (Basseterre)              

11.66

2010 

 1st  

(100m)

Carifta Games U20 (George Town)        

11.50

2010

1st  

(4x100m)

Carifta Games U20 (George Town)         

45.06

2011

2nd 

(100m)

Carifta Games U20 (Montego Bay)           

11.44

2011

2nd

(4x100m)

Carifta Games U20 (Montego Bay)          

45.80

2011

1st  

(100m)   

Pan Am Junior Championships (Miramar) 

11.25

2011

1st

(4x100m) 

CAC* Championships (Mayaguez)           

43.47

2013

2nd

(4x100m) 

CAC* Championships (Morelia)                 

43.67A

2014

6th

(60m)   

World Indoor Championships (Sopot)      

7.16

2014 

3rd

(4x100m)  

 World Relays (Nassau)          

42.66

* CAC = Central American & Caribbean

 

Prepared by Kwame Laurence for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2014

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
100 Metres 10.85 +1.6 Port of Spain 21 JUN 2014
200 Metres 22.77 -0.9 Luzern 15 JUL 2014
200 Metres 22.77 -1.1 Port of Spain 22 JUN 2014
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
50 Metres 6.33 Saskatoon 31 JAN 2013
60 Metres 7.10 Sopot (Ergo Arena) 09 MAR 2014
200 Metres 23.44 College Station, TX 08 FEB 2014
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
100 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2014 10.85 +1.6 Port of Spain 21 JUN
2013 11.06 +1.6 Port of Spain 22 JUN
2012 11.19 +1.5 Walnut, CA 21 APR
2011 11.20 +1.0 Daegu 28 AUG
2010 11.32 +1.1 Port of Spain 26 JUN
2009 11.69 Port of Spain 21 MAR
2008 11.48 Port of Spain 20 FEB
2007 11.76 +0.5 Providenciales 07 APR
2006 11.62 Vieux Fort, LCA 22 JUL
200 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2014 22.77 -0.9 Luzern 15 JUL
2014 22.77 -1.1 Port of Spain 22 JUN
2013 22.98 -0.5 Port of Spain 23 JUN
2012 23.13 +0.8 Port of Spain 27 MAY
2010 24.14 +1.3 Port of Spain 14 MAR
2008 23.80 +2.0 Port of Spain 02 MAR
2006 23.51 Vieux Fort, LCA 22 JUL
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
50 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2013 6.33 Saskatoon 31 JAN
60 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 7.23 College Station, TX 13 DEC
2014 7.10 Sopot (Ergo Arena) 09 MAR
2013 7.32 New York (Armory), NY 16 FEB
200 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2014 23.80 College Station, TX 13 DEC
2014 23.44 College Station, TX 08 FEB
Honours - 60 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF World Indoor Championships 2014 6 7.16 Sopot (Ergo Arena) 09 MAR 2014
Honours - 100 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
2nd IAAF Continental Cup 2014 2 11.25 -1.5 Marrakech (Le Grande Stade) 13 SEP 2014
14th IAAF World Championships 5sf1 11.33 -0.4 Moskva (Luzhniki) 12 AUG 2013
The XXX Olympic Games 8sf3 11.32 +1.0 London (OP) 04 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 5sf1 11.48 -1.3 Daegu 29 AUG 2011
5th IAAF World Youth Championships sf1 DNS +0.8 Ostrava 12 JUL 2007
Honours - 200 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
5th IAAF World Youth Championships h1 DNS -1.5 Ostrava 13 JUL 2007

Focus on Athletes biographies are produced by the IAAF Communications Dept, and not by the IAAF Statistics and Documentation Division. If you have any enquiries concerning the information, please use the Contact IAAF page, selecting ‘Focus on Athletes Biographies’ in the drop down menu of contact area options.

Updated 11 September 2014


Michelle-Lee AHYE, Trinidad and Tobago (60/100/200/4x100m)

Born: 10 April 1992, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Lives: Houston, Texas, USA

1.68m/59kg

Coach: Eric Francis

Agent: Treshell Mayo

 

Michelle-Lee Ahye is motivated by love, the deep love she feels for her rock and fortress, Raquel Ahye. Raquel is the young sprinter’s mother.

“Growing up, it was just me and my mom,” Michelle-Lee explains. “My dad wasn't around so things were hard. Seeing my mom struggle to take care of me I made a promise to myself that this track thing is my way out, to help me and my mom. My idol has always been my mom. I've never seen such a strong, independent woman. She motivates me every day.

“She played a very big part in my life. She never missed a track meet unless I had to travel. She raised me to be the woman I am today. If it wasn't for her I probably would have been wasting my life doing nothing. She has had my back through the good and bad. If I needed a shoulder to cry on she was there.”

Ahye got her first taste of athletics while attending Carenage Girls Government Primary School. “I got involved in track and field at the age of six during PE (physical education) class with Miss Abeyola Akowe. We were doing some runs, and I guess she saw it in me and told my mom.

“From the moment I joined a club,” she continues, “and started competing and winning, I said to myself, ‘hey, I’m good at this, I should keep it up’.”

Ahye is grateful to her mother and her PE teacher for the roles they have played in her track and field career. “My mom, my granny Madline and Miss Akowe were the ones behind me. From day one they have been there, and up to this day they’re still here with me.”

Ahye can be a world-beater. This has been evident from early. As a 14-year-old, she clocked 11.94 seconds in the 100 metres. And at 15, Ahye was crowned 2007 Carifta Games under-17 champion with an 11.76 clocking in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The improvement continued, and in 2008 Ahye retained her Carifta title, the T&T sprinter getting to the line in 11.66 seconds. Earlier in the season, she had clocked 11.48.

Ahye was the class of the under-20 100m field at the 2010 Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands, winning the century in 11.50 seconds. She went on to clock 11.32 in striking gold at the T&T Junior Championships, establishing herself as a genuine contender for the World Junior Championship title in Moncton, Canada.

At the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Championships in the Dominican Republic, however, Ahye did not face the starter in the 100m championship race, complaining of muscle soreness after leading all qualifiers into the final with an 11.61 run. That injury kept her off the T&T team for Moncton.

“My biggest disappointment was when I got injured two years back-to-back, which took away my chance from making the World Junior team, knowing I had a good chance of getting a medal.”

In 2011, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Ahye was dethroned as Carifta Games 100m champion, her 11.44 seconds run earning her silver, behind Bahamian Anthonique Strachan (11.38).

But there was revenge for Ahye at the Pan American Junior Championships, in Florida, USA. The T&T teen scorched the track in 11.25 seconds to grab gold, ahead of American Keilah Tyson (11.39) and Strachan (11.46).

Ahye carried that momentum into the World Championships in Daegu, Korea. “My biggest achievements were making my first World Championships, making it through to the semis being only 19, and making the Olympics and also making it through to the semis…that moment and feeling is one I'll never forget.”

In Daegu, Ahye advanced to the semi-final round with a then personal best 11.20 run. She also got to the 100m semis at the 2012 London Olympics and 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Before heading to Moscow, Ahye clocked 11.06 seconds to finish second to Kelly-Ann Baptiste (10.83) in the National Championship final.

Ahead of her 2014 campaign, Ahye was hoping for a breakout season.  “Season goals are to run some really good times in the 100 and 200, and to finish my season injury-free.”

On February 15, Ahye won the 60m dash at the Millrose Games in New York, USA with an impressive 7.13 seconds run, equalling the T&T indoor record established by Baptiste in 2008.

In March, at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, Ahye improved on the T&T standard, getting to the line in 7.10 seconds for third spot in her semi-final heat. In the final, she finished sixth in 7.16.

Outdoors, Ahye clocked a personal best 10.85 seconds in the National Championship 100m semis, and followed up with victory in the final in 10.88. With the 10.85 run, Ahye is second on the 2014 world performance list. And in the 200, she has twice clocked 22.77 seconds this season.

In addition to the fast times, Ahye beat Jamaican Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown during 2014, as well as the 2011 100m world champion Carmelita Jeter of the United States.

A hamstring injury, however, thwarted Ahye’s bid for honours at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She opted out of the 100m semis, after struggling in her first round heat.

Ahye gets another shot at glory at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup.

The Trinidad and Tobago sprinter is just 22, and, whatever happens in Marrakech, Morocco this weekend, seems set to enjoy a long and successful career.

“I came a long way. Been working hard to be one of the best someday, to be recognised for my talent, and save so I can take care of my mom.”

Born and bred in Carenage, a community in northwest Trinidad afflicted with a stigma of crime, Ahye is keen to prove the critics wrong.

“My hometown, Carenage inspires me because people say bad stuff like nothing good ever comes out of Carenage, only gangsters, etcetera. But not me!

“I lived in Carenage up until I was 18, moved to Mt. Hope (Trinidad) with the manager of TNT Elite Sports, Sean Roach, who helped me out for a couple years with my track career. Then I moved to Woodbrook (Trinidad) on my own for about six months before I came to Houston (Texas).”

Though Ahye is quiet and unassuming, she stands out in a crowd. “Some people might think I'm some type of bad person because of my tattoos. Don't let my tattoos fool you. Behind all these tattoos is a very quiet girl who don't look for no kind of trouble, who keeps to herself, and minds her own business.

“I just love tattoos, and although I may not smile a lot, that's just me. So don't think of the worse. I'm human like everybody else, I'm friendly, and very easy to talk to.”

 

Personal Bests

60m: 7.10 (2014)

100m: 10.85 (2014)

200m: 22.77 (2014)

 

Yearly Progression

60m/100m/200m: 2006: 11.94/24.60; 2007: 11.76, 11.63w/24.30, 24.23w; 2008: 11.48/23.80; 2009: 11.69; 2010: 11.32/24.14, 23.71w; 2011: 11.20, 11.15w/23.92w; 2012: 7.49i/11.19/23.13; 2013: 7.32i/11.06/22.98; 2014: 7.10i/10.85/22.77


Career Highlights

2007 

1st  

(100m)

Carifta Games U17 (Providenciales)    

11.76  

2008

1st  

(100m)

Carifta Games U17 (Basseterre)              

11.66

2010 

 1st  

(100m)

Carifta Games U20 (George Town)        

11.50

2010

1st  

(4x100m)

Carifta Games U20 (George Town)         

45.06

2011

2nd 

(100m)

Carifta Games U20 (Montego Bay)           

11.44

2011

2nd

(4x100m)

Carifta Games U20 (Montego Bay)          

45.80

2011

1st  

(100m)   

Pan Am Junior Championships (Miramar) 

11.25

2011

1st

(4x100m) 

CAC* Championships (Mayaguez)           

43.47

2013

2nd

(4x100m) 

CAC* Championships (Morelia)                 

43.67A

2014

6th

(60m)   

World Indoor Championships (Sopot)      

7.16

2014 

3rd

(4x100m)  

 World Relays (Nassau)          

42.66

* CAC = Central American & Caribbean

 

Prepared by Kwame Laurence for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2014