Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 19th 2013 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 19, 2013
The opinions which were
expressed by the track and field
experts certainly left many with
the impression that we shall be
pushing all the best athletes for
places on the medal rostrum in
the IAAF track and field world
championships in Moscow.
It is always refreshing to listen
to the former stars and educated
administrators, especially when
their predictions have come true.
From that point onwards, the
focus is placed firmly on the
events and especially in which
our stars are involved.
On this occasion, the early
news did not set the platform
for a memorable happening, as
the news of two of our athletes
tested positive before they faced
the starter, depriving this country
of the prospects of enjoying a
big haul of medals.
The British press was upbeat
about the form of their athletes
and after such a magnificent
Olympic haul at home, the sky
seemed the limit to them.
Five days letter, the results
appeared unproductive to most
of our top sprinters and maybe
the biggest shocker was the
moderate display of throwing
the javelin by young Olympic
Gold medalist Kishorn Walcott.
How could it be logical that
the Olympian whose rise to star-
dom made him a ray of hope for
the future, and moments of joy
for the lovers of sport.
Twenty seven places down
the listseems unbelievable,
although his recent efforts did
not impress anyone who were
following his progress.
As I reflected the events of
the past two years, it was not
difficult to understand the
absence of high quality from the
guys, maybe with the exception
of Bledman in the sprints, Davis
and Jehue Gordon.
The only one to show is their
motion was the young UWI stu-
dent whose dedication to the
sport seemed to accompanied
by excellent application.
This is not a statement in
hindsight. I was attending a sec-
ondary schools football match
last September at the Hasely-
Crawford stadium, and wit-
nessed this youngster whose
Olympic performances was
potentially good, but not just
enough to reach the top on Lon-
Because I had already written
an article about the chances of
Jehue and Njisane Phillips as the
two athletes who would make
us proud in the Brazil Olympics
2016, I felt the urge to invite
myself to a conversation with
this elegantly built quartermiler
whose gliding over the hurdles
had brought some interesting
comments from the great
I took the time to congratulate
him and reiterated my desire to
see him win gold in Brazil.
In his most humble way, he
promised to give of his best
Here I was, in the midst of a
group of Grins in London run-
ning the best forty minutes that
he had run since in his career.
All of a sudden, I felt that our
small country has once again
risen to a height which many
only offered glimpse of a chance.
The impact was enough to
shrug of the failures of the others
and especially reduced the pain
of our alleged drug users.
Of course, I still took the time
to await the reasons for the
mediocre performances of those
who earned the respect and
financial regard from the public
purse to develop their potential
and endorse their charges prom-
ises that they would lmedal.
Now we ust look to the relay
events for further success and
again, young Gordon may well
be one to join the relay team in
order to add to the medal rank.
Unfortunately, there was
insufficient analysis given by the
BBC presenters and I will remain
glued to the media for reasons
why our athletes were not able
to come close to their Olympic
From left, United States' Michael Tinsley, Trinidad and Tobago's Jehue Gordon and Serbia's Emir
Bekric pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's 400-metre hurdles at the World
Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, last Friday. Gordon won gold,
Tinsley silver and Bekric bronze. AP PHOTO
T&T can rise again,
thanks to our athletes
Trinidad and Tobago defeated the United
States three goals to one to capture the third
spot for bronze in the Pan American 2013 Men s
Field Hockey Championship in Brampton,
Ontario Saturday before a gathering of approx-
imately 1,000 including enthusiastic nationals
of the twin island republic.
The team arrived in Canada late for the start
of the championship but was fortunate that
organisers rescheduled the programme to include
the team in the playoffs. After winning two
games T&T lost to Canada three-one.
Coach Glen Francis described the match against
Canada as an excellent game. T&T lost to
Argentina eight nil. We have never beaten Chile
by five goals to one in our lives. It is the first
time and it s the first time we were in a semi
finals over eight to ten years. We defeated Brazil
five goals to two," Francis recalled.
The team included Kwan Brown, Cogie Butler,
Darren Cowie, Shaquille Daniel, Aidan DeGannes,
Solomon Eccles, Kwesi Emmanuel, Gilkes Gillet,
Marcus James, Wayne Leggerton, Stefan Mouttet,
Kiel Murray, Michael O Connor II, Mickell Pierre,
Dwain Quan Chan, Andrey Rocke, Christopher
Scipio and Akim Toussaint
"In every single game our performance was
excellent. Yes, we lost two games but the per-
formance at the end of the day and a lot of
people don t understand as a coach it is not
always about winning. You are not a champi-
onship team. It is about performance and this
will give us more encouragement to work harder,"
Francis told the Trinidad Guardian. Despite facing
funding challenges Coach Frances said the team
members used the negative towards a positive
outcome. "The guys knew what was going on
and they used that to motivate them. That
brought out the best out of most of them," the
"The performance of the guys were excellent
and they are really competing. Now they know
they are not dwelling on the negatives too much.
If something goes wrong now they d say okay,
let s get up and go again. They get back on their
feet and start working again.
Cindy Martin-Faustin, team manager said
they certainly could make use of a second pitch
and proper equipment to clean and maintain it.
"In Trinidad there is a lot of dust and a lot of
sand because of where our pitch is located---
next to a football savannah. All that sand comes
and settles on the surf and Trinidad has two
weathers---rain and sun---so when the rain falls
on that, you get the build up of moss. It s dan-
gerous play for some people; you could break
your leg. So we definitely need another turf and
we also need the right equipment, which we
have already sourced, which will cost about
$70,000 to $80,000 (TT).
The hockey fraternity is trying to work with
the Ministry of Sport and that is not an easy
task. Aware of the fact that hockey is a minority
sport with about 600 participants, it is relatively
small compared to cricket and football. "Although
we are a small fraternity, we are also first in the
Caribbean in terms of hockey and we are ranked
about 32, now coming out of this game we are
going to be ranked somewhere about 28," Mar-
tin-Faustin explained. Francis expressed his
appreciation to the Lead Development Pro-
gramme for the team s support staff of trainers,
physios, strength and conditioning psychologists
who always believed the team would do well.
Bronze for T&T
Pan Am Champs
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