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Walcott makes javelin final on Olympic debut

By Donstan Bonn

Keshorn Walcott created another historic moment for Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) when he progressed to final of the men's javelin on his Olympic debut.

Competing in Group B, the 19-year-old World Youth champion had a first round throw of 78.91 metres to be 12th overall in the 44-man field.

At the end of the second round Walcott had slipped to 18th, not having improved on his earlier throw.

However, he produced a big 81.75m effort in the third and final round of the qualifying competition to finish sixth in his group and 10th overall.

Walcott holds the distinction of being the first javelin thrower to compete at an Olympic Games for T&T.

He will be in the spotlight on Saturday when he competes with the other 11 finalists for precious metal.

Following are the 12 finalists (in order of distance thrown):

Vitezslav Vesely (CZE) 88.34

Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) 84.47

Tero Pitkamaki (FIN) 83.01

Oleksandr Pyatnytsya (UKR) 82.72

Spiridon Lebesis (GRE) 82.40

Stuart Farquhar (NZL) 82.32

Genki Roderick Dean (JPN) 82.07

Ari Mannio (FIN) 81.99

Julius Yego (KEN) 81.81

Keshorn Walcott (TRI) 81.75

Antti Ruuskanen (FIN) 81.74

Tino Haber (GER) 80.39

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