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Walcott strikes gold in Finland

Trinidad Guardian :: 07.06.2019

T&T's Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott yesterday won gold with a season-best 84.81 metres-throw in the men's javelin at the Virrat's 90th anniversary meet in Finland. 

The throw qualified the two-time Olympic medallist for this year's IAAF World Championship (September 28-October 6) in Doha, Qatar after surpassing the qualifying standard of 83m. This followed up Walcott's gold-medal win with 81.68m in Kuortane, Finland, last week.

The national record-holder will return to action on June 11 in Turku, Finland.

Meanwhile, in Rome, Italy, T&T sprinter Jereem "The Dream" Richards crossed sixth in the men's 200m in a time of 20.52 seconds at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, the fourth stop of the IAAF Diamond League meeting. 

Winning the dash was American Michael Norman, just ahead of his countryman Noah Lyles. Norman timed his dip well to take the victory in a lifetime best of 19.70, moving him to 12th on the world all-time list.

Lyles was just a whisker behind with 19.72 – which, incidentally, was Mennea's lifetime best. Both men were well inside the previous meeting record of 19.86.

Alex Quinonez was a distant third in 20.17, while world champion Ramil Guliyev finished just ahead of Italian hope Filippo Tortu, 20.35 to 20.36.


Walcott strikes gold in Finland
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