Keshorn Walcott wins Olympic javelin gold

Keshorn Walcott is taking the Olympic javelin title to tiny

Trinidad and Tobago. Europe will have to wait until 2016 to get it

back.

Walcott, the world junior champion, set a national record with a

throw of 277 feet, 6 inches on his second attempt Saturday, and

nobody improved on the mark for the remainder of the final in the

London Games.

Trinidad and Tobago’s first Olympic gold in a field event halted

Europe’s dominance of javelin at the games. American Cyrus Young is

the only other person from outside Europe to win the event, and he

accomplished the feat in 1952.

”It hasn’t caught up with me yet. I can’t really believe what

I’ve done,” the 19-year-old Walcott said. ”Making the semifinal

was great for me. Then coming to the end of the competition, I was

realizing I’m still in front.”

Walcott was a bowler in cricket when he was a kid, and then he

found out ”the action is kind of similar to javelin.”

It’s a new approach to the discipline which has its traditional

heartland in Finland. Antti Ruuskanen, who took third behind

Oleksandr Pyantnytsya of Ukraine, was asked what it feels like to

lose to someone from Trinidad and Tobago in the javelin.

”It never feels so good. But it’s good for javelin,” the Finn

said.

Now Walcott is hoping his victory drums up interest in the sport

in his cricket-loving nation.

”It wasn’t the most popular event in Trinidad and Tobago.

Hopefully now it will be known more,” Walcott said.