Keshie, Keshie, Coo… Congratulations Trinidad and Tobago, you have a bronze!
After an eternity in the waiting room, there was finally some good news from the Rio de Janeiro delivery room. And, once more, Dr Keshorn Walcott got the job done.
A champion at the London 2012 Olympics, Walcott was third tonight to get the two island republic on the podium for the first time in Rio. And not a minute too soon, as he is the country’s last participant at the 2016 Games.
Anybody else spent the whole day trying to find out if the IOC gives a Fair Play Trophy? That was just Mr Live Wire? Whatever. This is much better anyway!
Just like four years ago, Walcott’s big throw was his second one. In London, he was already ahead of the pack when he managed a 84.58 metre toss to let the world know he wasn’t playing around.
Tonight, his second throw of 85.38 put him into the bronze medal spot behind Kenya’s Julius Yego (88.24) and Germany’s Thomas Rohler (87.40).
The leadership spot changed hands at the death, as Rohler threw 90.30 to go ahead of Yeg, who had retired hurt with an ankle injury by then. But Walcott had already done enough for by then.
Gold? Nah. Trinidad and Tobago can’t afford that right now.
If Walcott had repeated as Olympic gold medalist, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley would have looked like a stingy SOB if he didn’t handle him at least as well as Marlene pampered Michael Carew.
But then if the PNM did give Keshie the hook up, it would have been a coin toss to see if Watson Duke or the sugar cane workers erupted first—granted the Duke of Hazard hasn’t quite been his old bombastic self since he was accused of forcibly using a meeting about lay offs to get laid.
In any case, bronze is definitely doable for our economy. Maybe Keithos could give him shares at Unit Trust, a diplomatic passport, free travel with CAL and the option to name his own Sport Minister.
Mr Live Wire will sip something strong tonight and give a toast to Keshorn. But we not going through this nail biting business again in Tokyo 2020, eh.
Anil Roberts, take a big steups! The way your money was spending as Sport Minister, we swear it was Rajaee Ali you were sponsoring to represent us in the Olympics.
At the very least, the Commissioner of Prisons should have tried to get us our money’s worth and sent Rajaee to Rio to get us a medal in shooting self.
I mean, with all due respect to the excellent Roger Daniel, does anyone really believe the best marksman in the country is a soldier? Do they have trials for that sport in Enterprise and Morvant? Jes asking…
And Brian Lewis, you swore that the TTOC serious about this 10 gold by 2024 initiative. And then allyuh turned around and made a circus of the team by making creative email tendering, cut throat diplomacy and moral hurdling a legitimate Olympic sport.
What is not discouraged is condoned, brother Brian. So I’m waiting to see what is in store for the TTGF.
And Minister Mohawk, sport is not fun and games and selfies. So let us put things in place to support athletes and administrators as well as to keep them honest, and remove the ramshackle atmosphere around the industry at present.
Maybe we can begin by having a 2018 World Cup qualifier that comes off without an embarrassing power outage, for starters.
Yet, even as we look forward, let us take a moment to bask in the wonder of our Toco man-child: Keshorn Walcott.
“He come from a country district all the way up north, he hobby is throwing javelin and drinking fish broth…”