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Walcott slams disunity in T&T's Rio camp

Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott makes an attempt in the men's javelin final at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday, August 20.


Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott has criticised a lack of team spirit and unity within the T&T camp during the just ended games in Brazil.

The javelin thrower had to settle for bronze, T&Ts only medal in Rio, after stunning the world in London four years ago when he became the second Trinidadian to win Olympic gold.

Walcott threw the javelin a distance of 85.38 metres on Saturday after German Thomas Rohler who won gold with a top throw of 90.30m, while Kenyan Julius Yego took silver with an effort of 88.24m

"We did not do so well as a team this year because honestly, for my part, we were not a team. We did not come together as a unit as in 2012," complained Walcott.

"I was young in 2012 and I was one of the younger ones and I saw the gelling of the team, but here it was not like that".




Without calling names, the 23-year-old athlete told reporters "the heads" and not the athletes are the ones to be blamed for the lack of unity in the team this year.

Walcott's comments come as the country's Chef de Mission Dr Ian Hypolite faces public criticism for his role as an analyst on ESPN during the games.

"I would not say it was the athletes, I would have to say it was the heads. You need to be able to understand that for a team to be able to perform properly you need to bring them together," said Walcott.

"It is the environment. When you as a team do not feel everybody is together (it) is like everybody is just concentrating on their own".

Walcott is not due to return to Trinidad and Tobago until early September as a result of two international engagements- the Paris leg of the Diamond League on Saturday before travelling to Zurich in Switzerland to compete on September 1.