In Sangre Grande, that crowd was huge. Keshorn WALCOTT, Trinidad and Tobago (Javelin Throw) Born: 2 April 1993, Toco, Trinidad. A natural talent . “I always tell myself I’m going to win an Olympic gold medal, but I wasn’t telling myself I was going to win in 2012,” he explained. I know it’s not going to be easy, but we’re going to continue working hard, and hopefully in the future we can get better distances.”, Walcott was unable to bask in the glory of becoming only the 14th man in history to join the 90-metre club, an injury to his left ankle casting serious doubts on his participation at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. And going beyond the call of duty, the founder and CEO of TNT Elite Sports took Keshorn and Elton into his home, situated about five miles from Port-of-Spain. There wasn’t a lead-up, so I just had to start coping from day one. About a week after his 16th birthday, he celebrated with Carifta gold in the boys’ under-17 javelin, his 59.30 metres throw landing just eight centimetres short of the meet record. T&T's Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott will be launching his official line of T-shirts on Saturday March 12, at The Fan Club, Trincity Mall, at 2 p.m. T&T's second Olympic gold medallist will also take the opportunity to meet fans, sign autographs and take photos with fans who purchase his brand new shirts. And then, in 2015, Walcott made it absolutely clear to anyone who doubted his credentials that he is destined to be counted among the greats in the event. And this year, the T&T thrower slipped another notch, to 16th, courtesy another German, Johannes Vetter jumping to second on the all-time list with his massive 94.44m effort. It took 10 hours to reach Toco. When you go out there, you could represent, you know that you are able to compete amongst the best, and win. Since I’ve been working with him I have been making a lot of progress. He managed fifth spot with an 82.24m throw, an encouraging performance ahead of the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. In 116 years, between 1896 and 2012, a total of 116 male Olympic champions have been crowned in the shot put, discus, hammer throw and javelin, as well as in some discontinued events. At the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, however, Walcott was nowhere near his best and bowed out in the qualifying round with a 76.83m effort. The two-time Olympic medallist is still only 24, and could very well have a couple more shots at Olympic gold. It was an occasion to cherish, Walcott getting to share that stage with his throwing idol, Norway’s two-time Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen. Once I do anything, I don’t want anybody to tell me I’m the next somebody. Gold Keshorn Walcott Athletics Men's javelin throw 11 August Silver* Keston Bledman Marc Burns Emmanuel Callender Richard Thompson Athletics Men's 4 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics – Men's 100 metres (291 words) [view diff] exact match in snippet view article find links to article The first throw I took was further than what they were throwing, and they were training.”. One Nation - "My Love" (club version) - (6:11) 144 BPM BUY. Things have calmed down a lot, so hopefully things will get a little more calm and go back to how it was a little more. TTO. Keshorn WALCOTT, Trinidad and Tobago (Javelin Throw). Also, it was announced that a new Caribbean Airlines aircraft as well as a housing development in Toco will carry his name, and that the Toco Lighthouse would be called “Keshorn Walcott Lighthouse”. The 26-year-old threw 81.68 metres for a comfortable victory in the men’s javelin. With Walcott’s admirable work ethic, there’s no limit to what he can achieve. Walcott enjoyed a spectacular start to his Rio campaign. So, we sat down, talked about it, and we decided to move. Born 02 Apr 1993 . Country Trinidad and Tobago. G 0. S 0. You can be yourself. Thirty-six years after Hasely Crawford crossed the line first in the men’s 100 metres final, at the Montreal Games, Walcott became only the second Trinidad and Tobago athlete to secure Olympic gold. Me and my brother always had a plan that 2016 is going to be our year, so winning the gold in 2012 was a bonus.”. Keston Bledman will lead the … “Without him, I think I would be still struggling to get good distances. “My real target was the 2016 Olympics. In both previous appearances at the global meet, he failed to progress to the final, and would be looking to change the script at the 2017 edition. Copyright IAAF 2013-2017. I’m back on top.”. Keshorn Walcott is an Olympic gold medal winning javelin thrower from the Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago. With his August 2012 triumph, Walcott became only the second athlete from the western hemisphere to win an Olympic men’s javelin title. I just went out there and I did it.”, Walcott places great value on his Pan American Games gold medal. He had just two 80-plus competitions in 2013. In November 2012, at the IAAF centenary celebrations in Barcelona, Spain, Walcott was presented with the 2012 male rising star award by three-time Olympic men’s javelin champion Jan Železný. Then, it was off to the Olympics – an opportunity to perform on the biggest sporting stage at the tender age of 19. “It was a bit difficult, knowing he (Mastrapa) was in Port-of-Spain and I was in Toco. So, just getting into sports, knowing that failure wasn’t an option, you just keep pushing. Deciding to devote himself to the sport, he won the U-17 title at that April’s CARIFTA Games, an annual Caribbean athletics competition, with a throw of 59.30m. At the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, Scotland, Walcott threw 85.28m in the qualifying competition to improve on the 84.58m Trinidad and Tobago record he had established in the 2012 Olympic final. Walcott returned home on 13 August, which the government had declared a national holiday, and received an ecstatic welcome from the large crowd that had gathered at Piarco International Airport, just outside the capital of Port of Spain. A single-minded devotion to mastering his craft, combined with the expert input of his Cuban coach has resulted in Olympic gold, making Walcott an instant celebrity in Trinidad and Tobago. After fouling his first attempt, he landed the spear 79.98m on his second throw, which would … “But going all over the country, places I had never been, places I never heard of, was good. “My home, where I used to live (in Toco), it wasn’t that much…small home, we didn’t have much. He came up to me and told me he wanted to work together. It makes it sound like it’s going to be a small group of gold medallists, ever. “Hopefully, it’s the start of something. I hardly see people.”. It wasn’t expected, so I didn’t have time to prepare. Buy. buy whole release (17 tracks) from $25.33 $13.50 BUY. It was a great pleasure getting to meet him at the Olympics. There were thousands more fans waiting to greet him along the 40-kilometre route between the airport and his home in Toco, and in honour of his stunning achievement a local lighthouse was named after him, as was a Caribbean Airlines aircraft. Manager: Sean Roach . Me and my brother always had a plan that 2016 is going to be our year, so winning the gold in 2012 was a bonus.”, With his big second round hurl, Walcott joined an elite club. “When I made the Olympics, my first thing was just for experience. He also struck gold at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Championships, in the Dominican Republic. I was just going with the flow in school, so I needed to take a risk. Walcott’s first encounter with Cuban coach Ismael Lopez Mastrapa came at the 2009 Carifta meet. What I went through coming back home from the Olympics…when we come back home, it should be normal. “I took the risk because something told me to take it. When the final came around three days later, Walcott made sure he got himself noticed, launching the javelin out to 84.58m with his second throw, a personal best that was also good enough for the lead, taking him past Ukraine’s Oleksandr Pyatnytsa on 84.51m and Finland’s Antti Ruuskanen on 84.12m. Walcott tested the ankle at a meet in Kuortane, Finland. One evening I went out and attempted it, and that was basically it. Now, I have it in my mind that I could go out and compete amongst the best.”, But he does not want young, black throwers to try to become the next Keshorn Walcott. Keshorn Walcott was one of the sensations of track and field at London 2012, winning javelin gold at the age of only 19. “It’s a long-term goal,” says Walcott. An ankle injury, however, prevented Walcott from building on his impressive opener. Walcott threw 81.75m in the qualifying competition, earning the right to compete against Thorkildsen in the Olympic final. OLYMPIAN Keshorn Walcott is protesting his disqualification from the men's javelin event at the NGC/National Association of Athletics Administration (NAAA) Open Championships on Saturday, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. The schedule was a hectic one, forcing Walcott to make a Port-of-Spain hotel room his home for a month. Ato Boldon 3. That was like coming from London - the longest we ever took. Walcott, 22, competes Friday in the javelin throw at Pan Am Games. Walcott had to contend with a serious ankle injury the following year and failed to make the final of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. “I’m more concentrating on the Olympic record. Keshorn Walcott was one of the sensations of track and field at London 2012, winning javelin gold at the age of only 19. Walcott nahm an den Leichtathletik-Jugendweltmeisterschaften 2009 in Brixen und an den Leichtathletik-Juniorenweltmeisterschaften 2010 in Moncton teil, konnte sich aber jeweils nicht für das Finale qualifizieren. Teen sensation: Gold medalist Keshorn Walcott But now we must think javelin after Saturday night's extraordinary competition in the Olympic Stadium which saw Walcott … “I want to be Keshorn. Regaining full fitness in 2014, he won silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and then beat his personal best with a throw of 85.77m at the IAAF meeting in Zurich late that August. Quentin Kane & Simon Sheldon. Ahead of the Olympic final, Beverly asked Keshorn for one of the three bouquets that would be presented to the men’s javelin medallists. In fact, when asked who the people mainly responsible for his success are, Walcott thought long and hard but could come up with just one name: “Ismael”. “The opportunity came where we could come into Port-of-Spain to train. Walcott, representing Rebirth, was disqualified after four attempts. .. Michelle - Lee … B 0. Though Vetter and Röhler have set the bar very high this season with 90+ throws, the signs are positive for Walcott. I came out, and the risk worked.”. Previous question Next question Transcribed Image Text from this Question. Hasley Crawford 2. “Coming off my last competition in Monaco, I couldn’t walk for two or three days. I had a little coaching to deal with interviews, and a little public speaking. At the 2011 Carifta Games, in Jamaica, Walcott defended his title with a championship record throw of 72.04m. Exodus The LP. 2012, Javelin Gold Medalist - London Olympics - World Junior Championships 2016 Javelin Bronze Medalist - Rio Olympics “I always looked up to him, knowing that he was the best. Whatever I got into I really had to work hard because you had to make something out of it, so it could support my family in the long run. At Carifta 2010, in the Cayman Islands, Walcott triumphed in the under-20 age-group. The only black on that long list is Keshorn Walcott. 26 talking about this. “Throwing further than 90 metres,” says Walcott,” is always my goal. from $1.13. “I am really trying to stay focused,” he said, setting his sights on his next big objective. He landed the spear 83.27m to crown himself Pan Am champion. That’s when we met Sean.”, Seeing the potential of the Walcott brothers, Sean Roach decided to manage their careers. Lives: Valsayn, Trinidad. Amazingly, he would stay at the top of the leaderboard, becoming the youngest Olympic javelin gold medallist in history, the first person to win track and field Olympic and junior world titles in the same year, and only his country’s second Olympic champion of all time, after Hasely Crawford, the winner of the men’s 100m title at Montreal 1976. “My goal was to win four Olympic gold medals,” Walcott said in a Trinidad Express interview, following his third-place finish at Rio 2016. I didn’t have any coach at the time so I said it was okay.”, The logistics, though, proved challenging, since Walcott lived in the rural village of Trois Roches, Toco, some 40 miles from the capital city. The 2014 season was certainly an improvement on 2013. Gordon is also part of the 4x400m squad, while Walcott recently added the Pan Am title to his list of accomplishments. 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