What a chastening experience this World Championships has been. Team T&T started off with injuries affecting Cleopatra Borel, Jehue Gordon and Keston Bledman resulting in their worst performances in some time.
This has now been followed by Keshorn Walcott also producing some sub-par throws, nothing over 80m, failing to make the cut in the Javelin Event. It's been a while since we've seen that from him.
Our female sprinters tried to make up for it but Sparkle McKnight (400m Hurdles) and Semoy Hackett(100m W), despite producing a season's best, could not progress past the semifinal stage.
Michelle Lee Ahye(10.98) and Kelly-Ann Baptiste(11.01) did give us hope by actually making that final but could only manage 5th and 6th place respectively. Their times were actually good in a fast race won by Shelly-Ann Fraser Price(10.76) but we really thought we were in with a shot at a medal there.
Ditto with the 400m where only Machel Cedenio(44.64) qualified for the finals of our three athletes, Renny Quow and Lalonde Gordon being the others.The times were extremely fast. Quow and Gordon would have needed to run personal bests just to qualify and would have still been in 7th and 8th fastest of the qualifiers.
It seems it's one of those events where things just don't go to plan.
For many of our athletes these setbacks will serve as a positive learning experience as we strive to improve our medal haul at Rio 2016.