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Raucous in Rio: Keshorn cracks his bois, Elaine doubles up and Neymar flutters hearts

This bois man doh fraid… This bois man doh fraid nobody.

He want to bring back gold for T&T!

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott competes in the Men’s Javelin Throw Qualifying Round at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 17 August 2016. (Copyright Adrian Dennis/AFP 2016/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott competes in the Men’s Javelin Throw Qualifying Round at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 17 August 2016.
(Copyright Adrian Dennis/AFP 2016/Wired868)

Toco man-child Keshorn Walcott stepped into the gayelle of the men’s javelin competition tonight at the 2016 Olympic Games. And, with one mighty throw in Rio de Janeiro, the 23-year-old made Trinidad and Tobago sit up straight.

Bois!

Maybe the two island republic’s contingent of athletes won’t come home empty handed from South America after all.

Walcott has not won anything yet. Mr Live Wire cannot stress that enough. But his throw of 88.68 metres tonight was more than four metres further than the effort that gained him Olympic gold at the London 2012 tournament. And it was nearly three metres more than any other thrower managed in the preliminary round.

If Keshorn can reproduce that form on Saturday night, he will get on the podium. And maybe even claim his second gold medal and the first of any colour for Trinidad and Tobago in Rio.

Before Keshorn’s mark had registered with local viewers, the two island republic had again cast envious eyes northward up the Caribbean chain, as Elaine Thompson became the first woman to do the 100 and 200 metre double at an Olympic Games since controversial United States sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.

Photo: Caribbean Queen! Jamaica's Elaine Thompson (second from right) crosses the finish line in the 200 metre final ahead of bronze medalist Tori Bowie (right) and Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye (second from left) in the Rio Olympic Games on 17 August 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Caribbean Queen! Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson (second from right) crosses the finish line in the 200 metre final ahead of bronze medalist Tori Bowie (right) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye (second from left) in the Rio Olympic Games on 17 August 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

There is something utterly bewitching about Elaine’s enthusiasm, grace and competitive spirit. As Netherlands sprinter and defending Worlds champion Dafne Schippers crept up on the Jamaican at around the 150 metre mark, who wasn’t shouting warnings at the screen?

No, Jon Snow! Look out! Ramsay Bolt is trying to trick you!

Ahmm. Wrong show. But you get the idea.

In the men’s 200 metre semifinals, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt was unstoppable again. And he definitely seems to have a new sidekick these days with Canada’s Andre De Grasse—he has a Trini mom and there are more than a few locals who would happily swap him with a certain gymnast—clearly determined to finish his sentences.

De Grasse and Bolt, the 100 metre bronze and gold medalist respectively, were as casually chummy with each other as they crossed the finish line that they may as well have been having a water gun fight.

Presumably Bolt’s compatriot and former number two, Yohan Blake—who was fourth in the 100 metre final and eliminated in the 200 metre semifinals—must cry himself to sleep at night.

Photo: A laughing matter? Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (second from left) laughs with Canada’s Andre De Grasse (left) during the Men’s 200m Semifinal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 17 August 2016. (Copyright Jewel Samad/AFP 2016/Wired868)
Photo: A laughing matter?
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (second from left) laughs with Canada’s Andre De Grasse (left) during the Men’s 200m Semifinal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 17 August 2016.
(Copyright Jewel Samad/AFP 2016/Wired868)

There should be no tears for Michelle-Lee Ahye, who was sixth in the women’s 200 metre final, or Rondel Sorrillo who was eliminated at the semifinal stage of the men’s event.

Both bent their backs and pushed themselves straight to the finish line. They were not good enough to medal. But what more can we ask of them but to give their everything for a nation that would probably continue to be lukewarm in return?

As Rudyard Kipling said:

“If you can (…) being hated, don’t give way to hating…

“If you can dream and not make dreams your master….”

There will be no damn poetry on Saturday night though, when action at the Rio Olympics will bring the whole of Brazil to a standstill.

Overdramatic a tad? Nope. Because that is when Brazil’s National Football Team, led by the gifted Neymar, face Germany in the Olympic final at the Maracana Stadium. That same venue where the Germany Senior Team crushed the “Samba Boys” 7-1, just two years ago, in the most unforgettable World Cup semifinal of all-time.

Photo: Brazil football fans celebrate then Trinidad and Tobago prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's visit to Belo Horizonte. Too bad about the 7-1 loss to Germany which, coincidentally, happened on that same day... (Copyright AFP 2014/Tasso Marcelo)
Photo: Brazil football fans celebrate then Trinidad and Tobago prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s visit to Belo Horizonte.
Too bad about the 7-1 loss to Germany which, coincidentally, happened on that same day…
(Copyright AFP 2014/Tasso Marcelo)

It was the second time that Brazil failed to secure the World Cup at home. The Samba Boys have never won the Olympic title before—not at home or abroad, in men’s or women’s competition.

Brazil’s men’s football has three Olympic silver medals and two bronze while their women have two silver. Try quoting Kipling to their supporters if Neymar is holding anything but a gold medal this weekend.

With any luck, Trinidad and Tobago will already have a medal or two by then, as the men’s and women’s 4×100 metre relays are scheduled for Friday night while the Red, Black and White should be in the hunt again at the men’s 4×400 relay final on Saturday night.

But, if the land of the stickman is to have a golden moment in Rio, it will have to be delivered by reigning Olympic javelin champion, Keshorn Walcott.

That bois man ent fraid… That bois man ent fraid nobody!

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott (right) prepares to throw during the preliminary round of the men's javelin competition at the Rio Olympics on 17 August 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott (right) prepares to throw during the preliminary round of the men’s javelin competition at the Rio Olympics on 17 August 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

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36 comments

  1. OneCaribbean go KESHORN 👍👍🇹🇹👏🏽cheering you on from Ja, wi love wi Caribbean people 👌👌

  2. Let’s do this, we red and ready Keshorn bless u son

  3. Already proud thanks for effort so far I believe you can do it again

  4. we “Claim a hearty Success”….Divine Favor Lord!

  5. Go K.Walcott…we are rooting for you…..1000 %

  6. Fling de ting Keshorn, fling it!

  7. Congratulations Keshorn. Keep the faith. And I know with God first you will make TnTproud.

  8. Lasana, once he is still saying it on Saturday night I will be by the bar in my profile picture. Stay tuned, Lasana.

  9. Let’s do this Keshorn….JAH love and strength goes out to you in Rio. …

  10. the entire twin island Republic of TnT will be praying & behind Keshorn 101%. We appreciate & salute your accomplishments in representing and always making TnT proud. Have faith he will bring home the Gold again on Saturday!!

  11. U go boy – son of our soil – We r rooting for u all the way. Blessings

  12. thanks the lord for the UNC…

    this kershorn kid that Anil found and fosters..
    the kid who went to a school built by Panday, when the PNM said he was building schools in the bush for douens and lagahoos …

    the kid who was identified in a program in that school …

    but great is the PNM ,, and we voting for blackness sake….

    • Lasana Liburd

      Anil found and fostered Keshorn? I missed that bit when I interviewed him. And I wouldn’t say Gary Hunt founded him either.
      That isn’t their jobs. Their jobs are to try to create an environment for their improvement. Speak to any sporting body about the environment created under Anil Roberts.

    • Lasana Liburd

      Anil found and fostered Keshorn? I missed that bit when I interviewed him. And I wouldn’t say Gary Hunt found him either.
      That isn’t their jobs. Their jobs are to try to create an environment for their improvement. Speak to any sporting body about the environment created under Anil Roberts.

  13. Is GOLD on Saturday for Keshorn. I can feel it.

  14. We in the C’bean don’t realize how lucky we r . We r nt as wealthy as developed nations but nt as deprived as many natio ns … we hv the ‘advntge’ (if yu may) of being literally right nex door to one of the mst dvlped nations in the world . So its benefits and influences (bth good n bad) r readily showered upon us . We produce som of the most talented athletes in the world . The most acklgd academics and laureates and easily most gifted artists . We do ths on vry limited resources and ‘tunnel vision’ leaders , but for som reason we dnt seem to realize the talent we possess .. we dnt blve in ourselves lke we shud . We cn successfully compete wth anyne frm anywhre at anytme under any cndtns …. on any stage …. ask Usain

    • We export them. We pay for some. The middle and upper class send their children to schools abroad. Never to return only for Carnival.Make money in T&T and send that too. It is a mind set. How are you stopping that? The ones who stay work and get cuss. No respect.

  15. ImpressiveKeshorn..,… Stay calm

  16. I don’t know why ESPN decide to jumble us and not show his monster throw! The could have shown it delayed. Anyway small ting…I just happy he’s keeping his focus. By the way that boy looks real buff now. I seeing a 95 throw in the finals yes!

  17. Keshorn must be saying “It was nice so let me do it twice.” Parabens. Eu te amo.

    • Whatever he is saying… I hope he is still saying it on Saturday night. 🙂

      • Earl Best

        And my hope is that he will be singing not talking after the fat lady has finished her song. There’re gonna be many disappointed people in T&T and many disappointed T&Tians around the world if he lets his “lead” slip.

        If Michelle-Lee had won a medal, we could have queued the Parang Queen singing “Ahyee, ahyee” as today’s Express tried to do. can anyone think of an appropriate tune for a Keshorn repeat. Lasana is talking about a Zandolie kaiso (“Stickman” maybe with its wonderful last line?) but I feel “Phenomenal” or “Aiz is Trini” might better capture the moment.

        But we eh reach dey yet so… We ha to watch and see how the wind blowing Saturday night.

        • Lasana Liburd

          Hahaha. I thought I was bad. You’re already picking victory song? Kidding. I really hope he gives us something to celebrate. I know it won’t be for a want of trying either way.

  18. One serious young man to salute.

  19. Mr Liburd, was just discussing that Bolt reaction with someone on FACEBOOK. What’s your take on it? Mine is Bolt crossed the line into arrogance (not that arrogance is necessarily bad) to ‘publicly’ state that an opponent’s actions – pushing Bolt and himself to a faster time -was stupid

    • Lasana Liburd

      Bolt and De Grasse seem to have kinda love thing going. Maybe Bolt forgot they are rivals. Taken in the context of rivals, it was definitely ungracious to call him stupid. I’d assume Bolt was speaking more as a big brother.
      Clearly Bolt doesn’t think these guys are really rivals anymore. That can be taken as arrogance. I think it is just fact though.

  20. Earl Best

    Muah!

    Bird, daiz not fuh you, eh! Is for Michelle-Lee and Rondell who make we proud not with deh achievement but with deh effort. No reasonable person can ask a performer to do better than his/her best. And like Machel, those two left it all out there on the track.

    I reserve comment on Keshorn. Lightning rarely strikes twice in the same place (not Rio but the Olympics) But thrice?

    So me? I’m holding my breath until…

    • Lasana Liburd

      Hahaha. Well, Trinidad and Tobago needs some lightning at the moment. So I hope we have appropriate weather on Saturday night!