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Walcott cops silver at German meet
T&T's Keshorn Walcott. - David J. Phillip

Walcott cops silver at German meet

Go Back : Guardian : Rachael Thompson-King : 27.05.2022

Two-time Olympic medallist Keshorn Walcott copped a silver medal in the men's javelin event at the Internationales Leichtathletik Meeting in Dessau, Germany, on Thursday.

The national javelin record-holder finished second with a distance of 84.69 metres to place behind Germany's Julian Weber, who won with 85.02m-throw and ahead of Czech Republic's Jakub Vadlejch in third with 83.39m.

Walcott, who won gold in the 2012 London Olympics and followed up with a bronze at the Rio Games, opened with an 83.19m-effort which placed him in second place behind Weber (84.10m). He returned in the next round to take the lead with his second-place winning throw while Weber dropped to the runner-up spot with 84.66.

Walcott remained in the top spot with his third-round effort measuring 82.18m with Vadlejch challenging with a next-best 83.39m in the round while Weber fouled his effort.

However, the eventual winner produced his best distance in the fourth round which no one could outdo. Walcott sent the spear 83.70m in that round. His remaining distances were 82.61 and 81.77, respectively.

In fourth place was Finland's Oliver Helander with 80.36, followed by Kim With of Sweden (78.01) in fifth, and the Germans filled the remaining spots, respectively, Tom Meier (73.10), Linus Limmer (70.37), Max Dehning (68.07) and Eric Frank (59.61).

Meet record-holder German Johannes Vetter with 93.20m was due to compete but it was reported that the 2017 javelin world champion felt some minor niggles while warming up and withdrew.

It was the second meet of the season for Walcott, who opened his season with a distance of 84.68m at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta, USA, in March. T

The T&T javelin thrower is scheduled to be in action again on May 31 in the Czech Republic at the 61st Golden Spike Ostrava, part of the World Athletics' World Challenge Meetings. Vetter and Vadlejch have already committed to the meet as well.