News day / Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Darryl Smith was elated by Keshorns performance last evening.
The young hero from Toco has once again brought joyous acclaim to his country by capturing a bronze medal on the penultimate day of Olympic competition.
Keshorn has been training quietly at home at the Hasley Crawford Stadium, with his coach Ismael Lopez Mastrapa.
His focus, dedication and discipline in the lead-up to Rio ensured he arrived in Rio, ready to compete and challenge for a medal.
Indeed, it is heartening to know that one of our elite athletes can train in Trinidad and Tobago and be celebrated among the worlds best. Minister Smith was also high in praise for Keshorns coach. Mastrapa came to us from Cuba over eight years ago and has been working out of the Elite Performance Unit of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago. We note proudly that he is also the coach of our shot put finalist and seventh place finisher Cleopatra Borel.
This is indeed a great moment for the development of sport in our country and a great source of inspiration as we look towards Tokyo in 2020. Overall, I am extremely proud of Team TTO and note the hard work and sacrifice of all 32 athletes who represented the red, white and black. Keshorns bronze is a great boost to the morale of the country. We celebrate his success and thank him for his dedication to proudly representing Trinidad and Tobago. In the media release, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago hailed Mastrapa Lopez as one of the leading throws coaches in the world. Mastrapas detailed and meticulous approach has once again yielded international success and has given Trinidad and Tobago a moment of joy that will be celebrated by many generations of nationals both a home and abroad.
Sports Minister lauds hero from Toco
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