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
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
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
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.