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Serrette: Crawford predicted Walcott’s medal

Published: 
Sunday, August 12, 2012

T&T’s Olympic gold medal winner, Hasely Crawford, predicted Keshorn Walcott’s medal success yesterday, according to president of the NAAAs president Ephraim Serrette. “Hasely told me before the event started that if Keshorn threw anywhere near 84 metres, he would medal and he was right.” Serrette said he was seated next to Crawford who became emotional when Walcott was declared winner.“There were tears as he watched. He was just so happy, he could not speak. He had to sit down and take it in. He kept encouraging Keshorn all the time. Hasely is now the happiest man in the world,” said Serrette Serrette described Walcott’s success as one of the greatest experiences ever. “It was unbelievable. This is a young man who has come out here and given his best. It was just  inspiring. I am overwhelmed by his strength,” added Serrette.

 
Serrette revealed there was a team meeting in the morning when women’s sprinter Kelly Ann Baptiste told everyone to forget the past and  go out and support Walcott and the men’s relay team. “It clearly worked.” Serrette described the team’s success as the best performance ever at a championships. “Some ten finals and we finished with four medals. It means we are doing something right. Let us hope we can continue this sort of planning and get more support for our programmes.” Serrette believes Walcott’s performance will inspire many in the field events. He is hopeful, that Walcott will remain focus. “He is very level headed and intelligent  with very good family values and we can expect him to remain focussed and improve, especially given the excellent work done by his coach,” added Serrette. “This is a red letter day for T&T and history has been made. He lives and trains in T&T, which must be good for sports. He has made the country happy. I hope people recognise how significant that is,” stated Serrette. 

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