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2015 World Championships 4 x 100m Relay Bronze Medalist

2012 Olympic Games 6th Place 100m, 4x100m

2011 World Championships 100m Bronze Medalist

2008 Olympic Games 4x100m & 100m

2004 Olympic Games 4x100m

2003 World Youth Championships Bronze Medalist

Kelly Ann

Baptiste

Athletics

In 2005, Kelly-Ann began her track career at Trinidad and Tobago's national events before moving on to Louisiana State University. In her freshman season, sandwiched between CARIFTA and World Championships, she made the finals of three events at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, finishing fourth in the 100m (11.37), eighth in the 200m (23.42) and anchoring the Lady Tigers to fifth in the 4x100-m relay.

She would end her collegiate career in 2008 as a 14-time All-American (having made that number of NCAA event finals), a six-time NCAA Mideast Regional Champion and a two-time NCAA champion. Her two titles came in her senior season, as she became the first Lady Tiger to sweep 60m and 100m titles at the NCAA Championships in the same season. She scored a team-high 19 points at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to lead the Lady Tigers to their first national championship since 2004 and their 25th NCAA team title.

Those accomplishments earned Kelly-Ann recognition as Southeastern Conference Female Runner of the Year for the Indoor and Outdoor seasons, and US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Central Region Female Track Athlete of the Year.

Kelly-Ann returned to major international competition when she represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed at the 100m and placed second in her first round heat In May 2009, at the Grande Prêmio Brasil Caixa in May 2009, Kelly-Ann set a Trinidad & Tobago national record in the 200 metres finishing with a time of 22.60 seconds. Later that year, she would go on to make the semifinals of the 100 and 200 at the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, finishing fifth (11.04 seconds) and 4th (22.96) respectively. She was also invited to the IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final, where she ran 11.27 to finish 8th in the 100.

Despite the absence of major meets in 2010, Kelly-Ann had a stellar competitive year. She began training in Florida with 2007 triple world champion Tyson Gay, 2001 World 200m gold medallist Debbie Ferguson Mc Kenzie and 2004 Olympic and 2009 World 4 × 100 champion Aileen Bailey, under coach Lance Brauman. Although she had had success in the collegiate ranks under head track and field coach Dennis Shaver, the change of environment brought the desired results.

In June, the Trinidadian star achieved the then-best performance of the year in the women's 100, doing 10.84 at the National Training Centre (NTC) Stars Invitational meet, in Clermont, Florida, making her the 27th-fastest woman over that distance all-time. She had a good run at the inaugural Samsung Diamond League, ending third in her event on points. Kelly-Ann then achieved perhaps her most significant victory to date, winning the 100 at the first-ever IAAF / VTB Continental Cup. Her time of 11.05 was the fourth-fastest winning time in the history of that meet.

Kelly-Ann then joined American Shalonda Solomon (who was second in the individual 100), Cydonie Mothersill of the Cayman Islands and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas to win the women’s 4×100 relay for the Americas in a time of 43.07. 2011 ISTAF IAAF World Challenge meet, in Berlin, German 100m Winner.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed in the 100 m, finishing in 6th, and the 4 × 100 m, where Trinidad and Tobago reached the final.

At the 2017 World Athletics Championships,she competed in the 100m qualifying for the final in a time of 11.07.

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