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cemented her burgeoning sprinting
reputation by winning the 100
metres at the Glasgow Grand Prix
Although the 24-year-old
Trinidadian fell to the Hampden
Park track seemingly in disbelief,
the winning feeling is becoming very
A time of 11.01 seconds secured
a ninth unbeaten final in 2014 for
the year s fastest woman. Ahye fin-
ished 0.09 seconds ahead of Shelly-
Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican
sprinter stepping up her recovery
from a left leg injury.
While the injury is restricting Fras-
er-Pryce to the relay race back here
later this month at the Common-
wealth Games, Ahye will return to
Glasgow as a gold medal contender.
"It s a lot of pressure on me but
I m getting used to it now," Ahye
said. "It was shocking to me at first
but I know what kind of potential
I have so I m working harder."
As for Fraser-Pryce, finishing sec-
ond with a season-best time exceed-
ed her expectations.
"It s has been a rough two months
but I m really pleased I executed it,"
she said. "It felt good as coming
back has been a slow, long process."
Still, though, Fraser-Pryce isn t
"It s not how I want to feel but
it s not something that s troubling
me or puzzling me," she said. "But
is says to me I m getting better and
for that I m grateful. I m progress-
Fraser-Pryce s smooth race was
in contrast to fellow Jamaican Yohan
Blake who pulled up during the
men s sprint on Friday night clutch-
ing his thigh and leaving the track
in a wheelchair. Despite fears of a
fresh hamstring injury, the sprinter s
manager allayed fears on Saturday.
"It seems to be initially cramp.
The doctors here in Glasgow were
excellent," said Blake s manager
Cubie Seegobin. "They did an ultra-
scan, and it showed no damage."
Blake had already ruled himself
out of returning for the Common-
wealth Games, but many competi-
tors were using this Diamond League
meet as preparation for the July
23--August 3 event.
After winning the 800-metre title
at the 2012 London Olympics, David
Rudisha is on course to add Com-
monwealth gold to his collection
after showing he has overcome
recent knee troubles to win here in
The 25-year-old Kenyan was more
than two seconds faster than Andre
Olivier of South Africa.
"This year has been a tough year,
a struggle for me coming back from
injury," Rudisha said.
Isaac Makwala of Botswana main-
tained his strong progress by winning
the 400 in 44.71, and Silas Kiplagat
crossed first in the 1,500 in 3:32.84.
There was an American one-two
in the women s 100 hurdles as
Queen Harrison was a tenth of a
second ahead of Lolo Jones. Com-
patriot Ajee Wilson emerged victo-
rious in the 800, but Californian
Allyson Felix had to settle for second
place behind Dutch runner Dafne
Schippers in the 200 sprint.
An injury in the warm-up on Sat-
urday prevented Greg Rutherford
competing in the long jump, which
was won by Jeff Henderson with a
leap of 8.21 metres.
"I m not really too satisfied with
how I jumped but it is all about
achieving the win," the Arkansas-
Also yesterday, Olympic gold
medallist Keshorn Walcott had a
best effort of 79.62 to finish sixth
in the javelin event.
Winning was Thomas Rohler with
winning toss of 86.99, while
Vitezslav claimed the second spot
with 85.23 and third was Tero Pitka-
maki with 84.95. (CMC)
Ahye beats Fraser-Pryce
in Glasgow GP 100m
T&T's Michelle-Lee Ahye, left, celebrates winning the women's 100m on day two of the Diamond League Meeting
at Hampden Park, Glasgow, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Red Steel captain Dwayne
Bravo said everything went to
plan in his team s seven-wicket
opening victory in the Limacol
Caribbean Premier League
CPLT20 tournament in Grenada
Barbados Tridents batting first
scored 124 for six in their 20 overs
and Red Steel responded with 125
for three---to take the seven-wicket
Bravo said, "From the night
before we sat down and spoke
about a plan. We spoke about
sending in the opposition if we
win the toss and I must say every-
thing went according to plan.
"One of the top four batsmen
was required to bat through the
innings and we even got that."
Man of the match Ross Taylor
batted for most of the overs, get-
ting 62, while Darren Bravo did
likewise and finished on 54 not
"When the game started off the
Tridents looked as if they were
going to get about 160 runs but
the bowlers came back well. I must
commend my bowlers for the job
they did in coming back strongly.
They bowled nicely in the middle
overs and this set it up for us.
"I keep telling my players that
these matches are really won in
the middle overs, not the first six
or the last five. They all understood
their roles and performed it very
well. This win was a total team
effort and we are hoping for even
better performances as the tour-
nament goes along.
"Every team is a dangerous one
and although we won this first
match, we can go on and lose the
rest of matches, if we don t keep
working hard and delivering."
Red Steel mentor Gordon
Greenidge said he has been doing
a lot of work with the team and
he was very happy to see signs of
it coming out in the opening win.
"My role with this team is a
mental one and I have been trying
to get the players to understand
that they must feel comfortable
with their roles on the team.
"A bit of arrogance is needed
when you go out there because it
is here that the self belief comes
out. I have been trying to get them
to think as the game goes along
because cricket is a tricky game.
"You can have the best plan and
follow it and yet you lose the
match. You need to alter your
thinking as you go along and adjust
to suit. Hopefully the players can
continue to do this for the rest of
Tridents captain Kieron Pollard
said his team has had some chal-
lenges leading up to the tourna-
"The preparation was not the
best in Barbados and even here. I
am not making any excuses but
we have not been playing together
for long and the guys need some
time to gel and get things right.
Also, we missed one of our key
players coming into this tourna-
ment and our replacement has not
arrived as yet."
Sri Lankan Jeevan Mendis will
be flown in to replace Shakib Al
Hasan, who was debarred from
playing by his home board
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
"T20 cricket is three hours of
entertainment and once we can
get that focus for three hours we
will do better. There is still a lot
more work to be done and we will
be doing this over the next few
days in Antigua."
Bravo: Players understood their roles
ST GEORGE'S---Superstar Chris
Gayle smashed a sensational, unbeat-
en 100 to propel title-holders Jamaica
Tallawahs to a comfortable seven-
wicket victory over St Lucia Zouks
at the National Stadium in Grenada
The powerful left-hander slammed
111 off just 63 deliveries---his first CPL
hundred---as Tallawahs easily chased
down their target off 162 off 19 overs,
to send a strong signal to their com-
petition at the start of the 2014 edition
of the regional tournament.
Gayle, who has struggled with injury
in recent months, showed no sign of
discomfort as he blasted five fours and
ten massive sixes, ripping into the
hapless Zouks bowlers who had no
answer to the onslaught.
He posted 32 for the opening wicket
with fellow Jamaican Chadwick Walton
who scored 23 from 12 balls before
dominating a 64-run second wicket
stand with Jermaine Blackwood who
got just eight.
Gayle s performance completely
overshadowed a decent batting effort
by the Zouks who rattled up 161 for
five off their 20 overs, after winning
the toss and choosing to bat.
South Africa s Henry Davids top
scored with 56 from 38 balls, striking
five fours and two sixes, while captain
Darren Sammy finished on 29 not out
from 22 balls with three boundaries.
Tallawahs began their run chase on
a high, with Walton blasting two fours
and a six off the first over from medi-
um pacer Mervin Matthew which cost
Gayle got going with a six over long-
on off left-arm spinner Garey Math-
urin in the third over which cost 13
runs but then lost Walton when the
right-hander holed out to cover off
Pakistani left-arm seamer Sohail Tan-
vir in the fourth over.
But Gayle continued his onslaught,
smashing Matthew for two fours and
a six in the sixth over which cost 17
runs, as Jamaica motored past 50.
ST LUCIA ZOUKS 161 for five off
20 overs (Henry Davids 53, Andre
Fletcher 33, Johnson Charles 24;
Andre Russell 2-23) vs JAMAICA
TALLAWAHS 162 for three off 19
overs (Chris Gayle 111 not out,
Chadwick Walton 23; Shane
Shillingford 1-18). Tallawahs won by
Blistering Gayle 100 fires
Tallawahs to victory
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