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Khalifa Halima St. Fort (born 13 February 1998) is a track and field sprinter who competes internationally for Trinidad and Tobago. She competes in the 100 metres and 200 metres.

Khalifa St. Fort
Personal information
Born (1998-02-13) February 13, 1998 (age 21)
Florida, United States[1]
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
Sport
Country Trinidad and Tobago
SportTrack and field
Event(s)4 × 100m relay

Born in the United States to Tamika St. Fort, a native of San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, she grew up in Miami, Florida and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. She took up track and field at the age of thirteen, joining Miramar Optimist track and field club. While at high school she struggled to improve her sprinting and her father contacted Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic medalist for Trinidad and Tobago, for assistance. Boldon decided to coach St. Fort and after a month she improved her best from 12.3 to 11.5 seconds, making her one of the top ranked sprinters for her age group globally.[2]

St. Fort's first international competition came at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Athletics, where the 100 m was seen as a duel between her and America's Candace Hill (who had recently broken the World youth best).[3] St. Fort produced three personal bests at the competition, running 11.39, 11.24, then 11.19 seconds in the final to secure the silver medal behind Hill.[4] A 100 m gold followed at the 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in the absence of Hill.[5] Her last major outing of the year was a senior debut at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics. She was chosen as the relay alternate and competed in the heats of the 4×100 metres relay, where she broke the Trinidad and Tobago national record with a time of 42.24 seconds, anchoring a team of Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle-Lee Ahye and Reyare Thomas. In the final, she was replaced by Semoy Hackett and the team improved the record further in their bronze medal-winning run. The 17-year-old St. Fort received a bronze medal as the heats runner.[6]

Personal bestEdit

Event Result Venue Date
Outdoor
100 metres 11.06 sec   Port of Spain 24 June 2017
200 metres 23.55 sec   Miramar 24 April 2014

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2015 World Youth Championships Cali, Colombia 2nd 100 m 11.19
Pan American Junior Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 100 m 11.31
World Championships Beijing, China 3rd (h) 4×100 m relay 42.24 NR1
2016 World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 3rd 100 m 11.18
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th 4×100 m relay 42.12
2017 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 4×100 m relay DNF
Pan American U20 Championships Trujillo, Peru 1st 100 m 11.32
World Championships London, United Kingdom 31st (h) 100 m 11.44
6th 4×100 m relay 42.62
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 6th 100 m 11.37
4th 4 × 100 m relay 43.50
Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla, Colombia 2nd 100 m 11.15
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 43.61
NACAC Championships Toronto, Canada 6th 100 m 11.28

1Was not selected to run in the final where her team won the bronze

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 CWG bio". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ In her own words: I am Khalifa St Fort — The future of T&T’s track and field. Trinidad Express (2015-07-20). Retrieved on 2015-09-19.
  3. ^ Hill looking to climb to the top of the podium in Cali. IAAF (2015-07-14). Retrieved on 2015-09-19.
  4. ^ Girls' 100m – IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015. IAAF (2015-07-17). Retrieved on 2015-09-19.
  5. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2015-08-03). Aguilar breaks world junior javelin record at Pan American Junior Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-09-19.
  6. ^ Khalifa St. Fort Returns From the IAAF World Championships with Bronze 2015. Dyestatfl (2015-09-01). Retrieved on 2015-09-19.

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