L’T’Sha Fahie Reaches IAAF World Youth 100m Semifinals

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 BVI's L'T'Sha Fahie, left, and the USVI duo of Rodney Griffin and Nia Jack at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia. Photo Mireille Smith

BVI’s L’T’Sha Fahie, left, and the USVI duo of Rodney Griffin and Nia Jack at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia. Photo Mireille Smith

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Sprinter L’T’Sha Fahie wrapped up the best season of her athletics career on Friday morning in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, competing in the 200m.

Fahie—the lone representative at the event—advanced to the Girls 100m semifinals on Thursday where she finished sixth in 11.93 seconds after a fourth place finish in the prelims in 11.95.

It marked the second successive championship that BVI athletes have made the semifinal in the competition where they won the silver medal in the Medley Relay in 2013. She was fifth in her 200m prelims on Friday morning in 25.26 seconds.

“It really was a great experience because now that there’s big countries and big name athletes here and little me from the BVI made it here,” Fahie said. “Going in to my heat I was nervous but I just thought about what my coach said. I had a good start but not the best finish. I did make it to the semifinals and I tried my best. The only thing I can do know is go back and work on my finish for next year. None of this would be possible without God my mom and my coach Willis Todman.”

Fahie said the 200m wasn’t her best race as she entered the competiton with a personal best of 24.80, but was once again, happy to represent the BVI in another event. “I’m also proud of myself,” she said. “For me to come from a small country and qualified in the 100 and 200m, it was two opportunities to represent my country.”

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