Expected medals, and in some cases, finals may have eluded most of Trinidad and Tobago’s track and field team at the just-concluded 2013 World Championships in Russia, but according to team manager Dexter Voisin, it was still a “good championships”.
Team T&T returned home yesterday from the Championships—which finished on Sunday—minus man of the moment Jehue Gordon, who secured 400 metres hurdles gold with a brilliant run to beat American Michael Tinsley on the line.
Voisin acknowledged that some athletes could have performed better, but was optimistic about the team’s showing.
“I know some of them would have to go back and do some (retrospection) and see what went wrong and what didn’t go too well,” Voisin told the gathering at Piarco International Airport’s VIP Lounge, “but all in all I think we had a good championships.”
The NAAA (National Association of Athletics Administrations) assistant secretary said organising T&T for “Worlds” was “not an easy task”, going as far as describing preparations as “most difficult” to get a team to Russia.
“But at the end we went out there, we finished (tied) 12th on the (medals) table, and we have in Trinidad and Tobago once again a World champion in Jehue Gordon.”
Keshorn Walcott, T&T’s 2012 Olympics javelin throw champion, chalked his performance at Worlds—where his best throw of 78.78 was not enough to reach the final—up to a difficult, injury-interrupted year.
“Starting from the camp it was really good,” he said, “training was good, working as a team went pretty well. But I guess on the day I didn’t execute well, so that was my major problem.”
The athlete added: “I got injured in May and I haven’t been able to train properly since then, so I only started recovering a month before World Championships. So that was partly why my year was bad.”
Walcott stated that 2013, his first year as a senior athlete, was a “learning year”, and said he will “just keep learning and move on”.
Asked what he will do next, the 20-year-old field athlete replied: “I’m going to go back and do what I do every year. Work with my coach, train hard and just prepare for the upcoming season.”