Like a blur out the blue and with a smile that can calm a storm, Trinidad and Tobago's new sprint star Khalifa St Fort has everyone paying attention to her every time time she runs.

  What can we attribute to the rise of this talented teen ?  self-belief, supportive parents and the right coach with the skills to guide  an athlete once told she wasn’t good enough or taken seriously. 

 The coach we speak about is sprint legend Ato Boldon, who has been at the forefront of Khalifa St Fort progress not just on the track but to  handle herself off the track as well, to become an ambassador of the sport.

  On the track St Fort ran 11.43 to win the Golden South Classic in Orlando, Florida on May 23, with that win she qualified to run at the Girls Dream 100m at the New York Diamond League, following her qualification to the Dream 100, the media began to grow but so did her performances, wins at the Trinidad and Tobago junior Championships was followed by a 3rd place final at the dream 100m in 11.62 secs into strong headwind.

  The next stop was the world youth championships in Cali, Colombia, her performances there got better with each round, 11.39 in the heats, 11.24 in the semi final and 11.19 secs in the final to win silver behind  Candice Hill. With that 11.19 run in the 100m final, St Fort became the 8th fastest under girl in history, she also become the fastest non American in history.

  St Fort followed up her impressive performance at the World Youth Championships with Gold at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada, winning impressively in a time of 11.31secs.

  Following her impressive performances at both Youth and Junior level, St Fort was selected on the Trinidad and Tobago team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, there she anchored the women 4x100m in the qualifying to 2nd placed and a place in the 4x100m final, there the other members of the team finished 3rd, thus earning St Fort World Championship Bronze medal.

  With that bronze medal Khalifa St Fort became the youngest female athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to medal at the World Championships, she also became the youngest female sprinter to medal at the global meet.


  What’s next for this talented teen? her sights are already set on making the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team for next year Olympic Games, there she hopes to create more history.