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Walcott secures javelin silver
Two-time Olympic medallist Keshorn Walcott competes in the men's javelin event at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Track and Field Championships, yesterday at the Freeport Stadium in Grand Bahamas. He won silver with a best throw of 83.94 metres.

Walcott secures javelin silver

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Two-time Olympic medallist Keshorn Walcott picked up T&T's first medal at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Track and Field Championships, a silver, in the men's javelin event, on Saturday.

Competing at the Freeport Stadium in Grand Bahamas on day two of the three-day, Walcott finished second with a best toss of 83.94 metres behind USA's Curtis Thompson with a throw of 84.23m and ahead of another American Ethan Dabbs with 81.43m.

Walcott, who won gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games and bronze in Rio 2016, led after the first round with an 80.37m-throw. His furthest mark came in the second round before he landed the spear 82.05m in the third round where he was overtaken by Thompson with his gold-medal throw of 84.23m. Walcott was unable to surpass the American with his remaining three throws which measured 81.66m, 81.89 and 78.78m, respectively.

Minutes later, Ahye lined up in the women's 100m medal race hoping to win T&T's second medal in the fourth edition of the NACAC Championships but was a fifth-place finisher.

She clocked 11.23 seconds in the dash which was won by Shericka Jackson, the world 200m champion. The Jamaican sprinted to gold in a time of 10.83 ahead of American Celera Barnes, the silver medallist with 11.10 and bronze-medallist Natasha Morrison, also of Jamaica with 11.11. America's Javianne Oliver also finished ahead of Ahye with 11.21.

Earlier, Ahye reached the final as an automatic qualifier after placing second in heat one of two with 11.18 behind the eventual winner Jackson (10.98).

T&T's Khalifa St Fort raced in the second heat but she did not advance after placing fifth and 10th overall with 11.60. Only the top eight times qualify for the final.

In the men's 100m event, neither T&T sprinters Eric Harrison Jr and Jerod Elcock, both members of the silver-medal winning Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay team, progressed to the final from the preliminary heats. Harrison just missed out on a final spot, crossing third in heat one of three with a time of 10.52, the same time as heat two fourth-place finisher, Kuron Griffith of Barbados. However, the Barbadian athlete went through to the final as his time (10.515) was two-thousandth of a second faster than the finishing time of Harrison Jr (10.517).

Elcock finished 12th overall with his 10.55-clocking after placing fifth in heat two.

Asa Guevara also missed out on a medal on day two as he was a far-off fourth-place finisher in the men's 400m final. The local quartermiler clocked 46.26 to follow to the line, Jamaicans Christopher Taylor (44.63) and Nathon Allen (45.04) and American Bryce Deadmon (45.06), respectively.

On Sunday, T&T sprinters will compete for a medal in their respective events after successful runs on day one.

Kyle Greaux, another member of the Commonwealth silver-medal relay quartet, will face the starter in the final of the men's 200m after advancing from the preliminary heats as an automatic qualifier. The local sprinter crossed second in heat two of three with a time of 20.68, behind American Kyree King in 20.29 and ahead of Jamaican Jazeel Murphy (20.80), who advanced as one of the fastest losers.

Greaux will run out of lane five also against Jamaican Andrew Hudson the fastest qualifier with 20.25, Josephus Lyles of the USA (20.29), Bahamas' Ian Kerr (20.89), Darion Skerritt of Antigua (21.17) and Bermudan Suresh Black (21.42).

Minutes earlier in the women's version of the half-lap event, T&T will have two sprinters in the medal race in Mauricia Prieto and Reyare Thomas. Both were automatic qualifiers in their respective heats, Prieto was third in heat one of two with 23.48 behind fastest qualifier American Brittany Brown (22.59) and Bahamian Tynia Gaither (22.82).

Thomas progressed with the seven-fastest time of 24.00 after placing third in the final heat behind Natalliah Whyte of Jamaica with 22.78 and A'keyla Mitchell (USA) with 22.98. The other finalists are Jamaican Ashley Williams (23.67) and Grenadian Amanda Crawford (24.32). Prieto will line up in lane seven while Thomas will be in lane eight.

Also on the opening day, Lalenii Grant placed seventh in the women's discus with 43.97m. This after, registering her first mark in the third round with 39.64m, having fouled the opening two throws. She returned in the fourth round with a better effort of 43.40m and then her furthest throw in the next round. She fouled her final attempt.

Wimana Stewart was an eighth-place finisher in the men's shot put event. His best heave measured 17.96m which came in the third round. Stewart also registered marks of 17.74m in the first round, 17.40m in the second, 17.20m in the fourth, a foul in the fifth round and closed with 17.14m in the sixth.Ê