Trinidad and Tobago sprint Queen Kelly Ann Baptiste, made many track and field headlines over the past weekend when she ran the years fastest time in the womens 100m. Running a World Leading 10.83 seconds and completing the sprint double in the 200m; in 22.36, which is the fifth fastest time in the world. For Baptiste ultimately the objective in 2013 is the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow, Russia. She will attempt to be the first athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to medal at successive World Championships. At  the last World Championships she won bronze in the 100m. With her 22.36 run in the 200m, the possibility of medalling in both sprints is very likely, once she improves on her times in the 200m.

This former Signal Secondary graduate won her first title at regional level in 2005 where she won the sprint double at the Carifta Games in Tobago . In 2003 she became only the second female from T&T to win a medal at the global stage, winning bronze in the 100m at the World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada in a time of 11.58secs.

 After achieving some level of success as a junior athlete, she got a scholarship to attend Louisiana State University. She had to pay her due before she could have achieved success at college level. She had some success in her early years LSU, clocking a then national record in the 100m, in 11.08secs but it wasn’t until her senior year, competing undefeated in the 60m indoors, setting a national record, 7.13secs, winning  (National Collegiate Athletic Association, 60m title. Baptiste continued her brilliant form, when competing outdoors, winning the, South-eastern Conference 100m title in 11.09sec. She finished her season and her college career by winning the (NCAA) 100m title in 11.20ses.

 Even though Baptiste was successful at the college level, she found success on the international harder to come by, only began to get the desired success when she left her college coach Dennis Shaver at the end of the 2009 season, joining the camp that included the five time world championship medallist, Tyson Gay, coached by Lance Brauman, in Clermont, Florida. The improvement was almost immediate, her first 100m run in 2010, she ran a World Leading and then national record of 10.84secs, in Clermont. The change of environment worked wonders, she went on to run sub eleven seconds two more times in 2010, winning the Trinidad and Tobago national title in 10.98secs . Baptiste closed out what to be her breakthrough year on the international circuit, by winning gold at the, IAAF /VTP Continental Cup 100m in 11.05secs and anchoring the Americas to gold in the 4x100m relay.

  Her progress made in 2010, continued in 2011, where she ran under eleven seconds  five times that included victory over two time Olympic Gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brow in the Paris Diamond League, running a season best 10.91secs. She went on to win Bronze in the 100m at the World Championships in Deagu, South Korea.

 The 2012 season was one of ups and downs with injuries affecting her performances. Baptiste opened her season with a season best time of 10.86sec in Jamaica but was not able to replicate that performance at the most important time, the Olympic Games. With an Injury to her Achilles tendon, she was never able to muster the performances that she wanted. Still she ran times of 10.96 in the opening round and 10.94 for sixth place in the final, for Baptiste though, that was a huge disappointment, which was compounded by a botch exchange in the 4x100m relay final.

  As a youngster Baptiste, played netball, she said, it just wasn't for Me., she continued, I could handle jumping around on a court for an hour plus, and tennis, I always had problems with my swing and the coach will always cursed me out so she quit that.

 When she was invited to the Zenith Athletic club, she began a journey that has seen her attend 3 World Championships and 3 Olympic Games. For Baptiste, she will like to be remembered as one of the greats of the sport and as the leader of the next generation of female sprinters in her country. In an interview last year  she was quoted saying, ‘when I was coming up in the sport, i looked up to Jamaican Speed greats Merlene Ottey and Veronica Campbell-Brown because there was no female athletes that stood out at the time in Trinidad  and Tobago,  her desire is to be that female athlete that young girls can look up to.

  With performances such as her amazing World Leading 10.83 in the 100m and national record time of 22.36sec, it will sure go a long way in building on her career in the sport and will sure inspire some young girl to be the next Kelly ann Baptiste.