Trinidad & Tobago javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott was born on the second of April 1993.
On the final evening at the London Olympic Games, Walcott performed a feat that was certainly the shocker of the London Games.
Also, no male athlete from any country other than Cuba in the Central America and Caribbean region has ever made it to a final in the javelin; much less win the Gold in the javelin.
It is also quite unusual for any male athlete in the Americas, other than the Cubans, to reach an Olympic or World Championships final.
It is different with the females though, as Cuban Maria Colon won the Gold medal in the javelin in Moscow in 1980 and another Cuban, Osleidyz Mendez captured the Gold medal in Athens and the Bronze medal in Sydney. She also held the World record for the event.
Walcott rose quickly in the event.
In 2009 he participated in the Bressanoe IAAF World Youth Championships in the javelin, throwing 66.72m (218’11”) with the 700g instrument.
In the Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands in 2010 he threw 63.41m (208’-1/2”) moving to the 800g javelin.
At the Central American and Caribbean Jr. Championships held in Santo Domingo, Walcott won with a 67.01m (219’10-1/4”) throw. Moving to the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, he finished ninth in the second qualifying group with a throw of 66.05m (216’8-1/2”).
He improved to 72.04m (236’4”) in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2011, at the Carifta Games for the victory. Then at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in October of 2001, Walcott further improved his best to 75.77m (248’6-1/2”).
At the Carifta Games in Bermuda at Easter of 2012, Walcott improved his personal best yet another time, achieving 77.59m (254’6-1/2”) for the Gold. That July he made a giant throw of 82.83m (271’8-1/2”) at the Central American and Caribbean Jr. Championships in Salvador, El Salvador to win. This was a new championships record as well as an Olympic qualifying distance.
At the IAAF World Jr. Championships in Barcelona several weeks later Walcott won the Gold medal with a throw of 78.64m (258’0”) on his final attempt.
A month later, the kid from Trinidad & Tobago shocked the world by winning the Olympic Gold with a throw of 84.58m (277’6”) another Trinidad & Tobago national record.
The shock went all the way to the Scandinavian countries who have dominated this event for years.
Here was a “young boy”, who nobody had ever heard about until the World Junior Championships, winning the greatest prize of all, The Olympic Gold.
Walcott’s Place in Javelin History
The World record in this event is held by Czech Jan Zelezn’y at 98.48m (323’1”), done in 1996. Zelezn’y is World and Olympic champion also.
Walcott is just eighty-fifth on the World All Time list.
Cuba’s Guerlermo Martinez holds the Central American and Caribbean record done in Guadalajara at the Pan American Games in 2011. His record is 87.20m (286’1”) (A).
Walcott is third on the All Time Central American and Caribbean All Time list and seventh on the All Time NACAC list.
Born in Toco in the northwest corner of Trinidad, Walcott was coached by, would you believe, Cuban Ismael Lopez.
Walcott was the youngest athlete ever to capture an Olympic javelin Gold medal. He also was the first athlete to win both World Junior and Olympic crown in the same year.
Rising Star Award
With a year like 2012 Walcott could not escape winning the Male Rising Star of the Year at the IAAF Gala in Barcelona in November. This award was presented by none other than the World record holder Jan Zelezn’y.