100m silver medalist St. Fort eyes improvement, another CAC medal

By August 01, 2018
Khalifa St. Fort says she has to improve her racing but has her eyes on another CAC medal on Thursday. Khalifa St. Fort says she has to improve her racing but has her eyes on another CAC medal on Thursday.

After winning her first senior medal in the 100m at the CAC Games on Monday, T&T’s Khalifa St. Fort acknowledges that there are a few things she needs to improve on if she is to successfully transition into the senior ranks of athletics.

The 20-year-old finished second in 11.15s behind Jamaica’s Jonielle Smith, who was also winning her first senior medal, after graduating from Auburn University earlier in the year.

St. Fort, who is coached by Ato Boldon, the 1992 CAC U20 sprint double champion, said she is happy for the medal but knows she needs to be better going forward.

“My CAC silver is a big deal for me because it is my first senior individual medal. I made my first senior individual final in Commonwealth, so to medal here shows improvement,” she told SportsMax.TV Wednesday.

“I was not very happy with the overall performance and I have a lot to fix for NACAC, but I’m up for the challenge. The most important lesson I took from this race was I adapted throughout the rounds and was able to put together a good race.”

So what does she need to fix?

“My start for sure. I’ve gotten away with my start as a junior but I have some work to do if I want to compete with the seniors. I would also like to see myself hold my drive phase and transition smoother,” she said.

St. Fort has had a fairly successful career as a junior winning silver in the 100m at the World Youth Championships in 2015 and bronze at the World Juniors in Poland a year later. She concedes that the transition to the senior ranks has been an eye-opening experience.

“It has been interesting making the step from junior to senior,” she said. “It requires a lot of maturity and focus but with the guidance of my coach I feel I’m transitioning smoothly. I still have a lot to learn but I feel next year will be a much better season.”

But she isn’t done yet with this season and has her heart set on the prospect of another medal before these Games are over.  

“I am running the 4x100. We have an excellent chance of medaling,” she said. “Our practices have gone very well and I’m excited to see the outcome.”

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