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Baptiste Added To T&T World Indoor Championships Team

Kelly-Ann Baptiste and Ayanna Alexander have both been added to the Trinidad and Tobago team for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Kelly-Ann Baptiste and Ayanna Alexander have both been added to the Trinidad and Tobago team for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

The four-day championships is set for Portland, Oregon, and will run from March 17-20.

Baptiste, who has a personal best of 7.13 seconds over the 60m dash, will join Michelle-Lee Ahye in the women’s event and she is hoping to at least make the final.

The 29-year-old Baptiste wasn’t a member of the original nine-member squad named last week, because at the time, she was not available for the IAAF World Indoors.

However, NAAA president and team manager Ephraim Serrette said her coach Ato Boldon has since declared that the 2011 World Outdoor Championships 100m bronze medals has decided to compete.

Baptiste, the former national 60m indoor record holder, will be making her IAAF World Indoor Championships debut.

She has a season’s best of 7.20 seconds, achieved on February 19.

Meanwhile, Alexander is set to compete in the women’s triple jump.

Like Baptiste, she too wasn’t named in the initial Trinidad and Tobago squad because she did not achieved the World Indoor qualifying standard of 14.30m.

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However, the IAAF rules now state that the top sixteen athletes available at the time will be selected to compete in the women’s triple jump and Alexander, although sitting way outside that ranking, and has a season’s best of 13.70m — is among the top sixteen athletes available for Portland.

This now means there will be four women representing the Caribbean country later this week — the newcomers joining thrower Cleopatra Borel and Ahye.

Trinidad and Tobago IAAF World Indoor Team

Women Team
60m: Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste
Shot Put: Cleopatra Borel
Triple Jump: Ayanna Alexander.

Men Team
60m: Rondel Sorillo
400m: Lalonde Gordon, Deon Lendore, Jarrin Solomon
60m hurdles: Mikel Thomas
4x400m: Gordon, Lendore, Solomon, Machel Cedenio, Ade Alleyne-Forte

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