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Keshorn begins quest for World Champs medal
Double Olympic-medallist javelin star Keshorn Walcott. - AP PHOTO

Keshorn begins quest for World Champs medal

Go Back : Newsday : Jelani Beckles : 25.08.2023

TWO-TIME Olympic medallist Keshorn Walcott will start his quest for his first World Championship medal when he competes Friday in the javelin qualification round at the National Athletics Centre in Budapest, Hungary.

If Walcott is successful he will advance to the finals on Sunday.

Walcott won gold in the men's javelin at the 2012 London Olympics and followed up that effort with a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Walcott was not at his best at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, as he finished 16th with a top throw of 78.87m. It was well short of his personal best of 90.16m, which is also the national record.

Walcott has shown quality this season. One of his best performances came in June at the Kuortane Games in Finland, when he landed a silver medal with an 85.85m throw.

On Friday, TT will also be represented in the 4x100-metre relay heats. Michelle-Lee Ahye, Leah Bertrand, Reyare Thomas, Akilah Lewis and Taejha Badal are the athletes on the women's relay team and Devin Augustine, Jerod Elcock, Revell Webster, Omari Lewis and Judah Taylor are the men's athletes.

On Saturday, Jereem Richards will lead the TT men's 4x400m team in the heats. Richards will be joined by Asa Guevara, Renny Quow, Shakeem McKay and Joshua St Clair.