T&T's Walcott captures javelin gold at Pan Am
TORONTO, Canada, (CMC):
Trinidad & Tobago's Olympic champion, Keshorn Walcott, extended his recent good form when he won gold in the men's javelin at the Pan American Games yesterday.
Though his winning mark of 83.27 metres was way short of his best, the 22-year-old still managed to walk away with yet another major title, adding to the one he landed three years ago at the London 2012 Olympics.
American Riley Dolezal, who measured 81.62m, finished with silver while Brazilian Julio Cesar de Oliveira took bronze with a throw of 80.94m.
Walcott found his winning throw in the second round, leaving the remainder of the field - which included countryman Shakeil Waithe who finished last - battling to play catch-up.
Two weeks ago, Walcott threw a personal-best 90.16 to smash the T&T national record and win at the Lausanne Diamond League meet.
The mark was the second best in the world this year behind Kenyan Julius Yego's 91.39m.
In the men's triple jump, veteran Bahamian Leevan Sands conjured up a season-best mark, to clinch silver behind winner Pablo Pedro Pichardo of Cuba.
Pichardo measured a distance of 17.54 metres while Sands, an Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist, jumped 16.99.
Cuban Ednia Caballero, meanwhile, picked up gold in the women's discus with a throw of 65.39m with fellow national Yaime Perez taking silver with 64.99.