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PROUD MEDALLIST: Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott proudly displays his men's javelin bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. —Photo: SEAN MORRISON

Repeating as a medallist at the Olympic Games is no easy feat. The 2012 men's javelin champion, Keshorn Walcott proved his mettle with bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But the Toco thrower's success did not happen by chance. A strong support system, including a pair of Cubans--coach Ismael Lopez Mastrapa and physiotherapist Abdel Murguia Miranda—as well as manager Sean Roach, kept him on course throughout the quadrennial.

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MOTIVATIONAL TALK: Double Olympic silver medallist Keston Bledman gives a motivational talk to third form pupils of the St James Secondary School, on Wednesday. —Photo: KWAME LAURENCE

“I got a second chance, ras. I didn't have to be here talking tuh allyuh. God forbid, I could have been in jail, or on the block smoking with a real big belly and three gold teeth in my mouth. Be a leader. Don't be a follower.”
For close to an hour, on Wednesday, Keston Bledman shared his life with a group of form three boys at St James Government Secondary, urging them to stay away from a life of thuggery.

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In this photo provided by the IOC, Trinidad and Tobago’s Shanntol Ince competes in heat 1 of the women’s 400-metre freestyle - S9 swimming event at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 9. AP

Proverbs 24:10 King James Version (KJV). “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” In local parlance that means don’t play mas if you ‘fraid powder.

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PHOTO: PROUD TO BE PRES: Machel Cedenio, holder of the national record for the men’s 400M shares a moment with students from Presentation College, San Fernando at the school’s career day.

Port of Spain, Trinidad, 5th October 2016: Diligence, focus and determination - these were the habits that Trinidad and Tobago 400M Olympian, Machel Cedenio, told students assisted in his reaching the 2016 Rio Olympics and achieving his overall goals.

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CONGRATULATIONS NYOSHIA: T&T Paralympian athlete Nyoshia Cain secured the bronze medal in the women’s 100m T44 final at the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil, on Saturday night.

T&T’s three-member athletic delegation Akeem Stewart, Nyoshia Cain and Shanntol Ince finished tied with Finland for 56th on the medal table out of 163 countries as the Rio Paralympic Games came to a close yesterday. Its three-medal haul included one gold, one silver and one bronze.

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