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NAAA reinstates Keshorn's golden throw

Trinidad Guardian :: 30.07.2019

T&T's second Olympic Games gold medallist Keshorn Walcott has won his protest after his disqualification from the men's javelin event at the NGC/National Association of Athletics Administration (NAAATT) Open Championships on Saturday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

The 26-year-old Walcott, who has been successful at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am, CAC, World Youth Junior and Carifta Games, had placing reinstated after his management team made a successful appeal. 

Walcott, of Rebirth, was disqualified after four attempts. He fouled his first attempt, then threw the javelin 79.98 metres on his second throw, which was enough for first place. On his third effort, he recorded a 77.68 metres throw before he fouled his fourth throw. 

The two other competitors in the field, Shakeil Waithe and Tyriq Horsford, completed the six rounds of competition, but Walcott only attempted four throws before being disqualified. He was disqualified for leaving the competition area before the event was done. The men's javelin was completed at approximately 6 pm on Saturday.

However, Walcott's manager Sean Roach subsequently challenged the disqualification and was successful. 

Waithe, of Zenith, who was declared the gold medallist on Saturday evening after his throw of 78.97 metres and clubmate Horsford, who got silver with a 71.67m effort, were thus both demoted to silver and bronze respectively.

The NAAA officials at the meet would have initially disqualified Walcott under article 180.19.

Speaking about the process used, event chairman Alan Baboolal said after consultation and meeting with the technical officials he was satisfied proper process was followed.

"After an exchange between Keshorn Walcott and a meet official, the athlete walked away from the competition area," he said.

However, he conceded that the rule is set up in such a way that it does not disqualify an athlete from the entire event if the athlete has completed four attempts. In this case, Walcott's second throw of the meet was the longest of the day (79.98 metres) and he was only disqualified from the fifth and sixth attempts after walking out of the competition area, but his earlier four attempts would have stood. This is why he was declared the winner of the event in the protest room.

Walcott is a double Olympic medallist and the first person from the Western Hemisphere to win an Olympic javelin gold medal in London 2012. He left here yesterday for Peru to participate in the ongoing Pan American Games.

IAAF Rule 180.19.

Absence during Competition

"An athlete may not leave the immediate area of the event during the progress of the competition, unless he has the permission of, and is accompanied by, an official. If possible a warning should be given first, but for subsequent instances or in serious cases the athlete shall be disqualified."


NAAA reinstates Keshorn's golden throw
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Keshorn Walcott during his attempt to defend his title in the men's javelin throw at the NGC/NAAATT Senior National Track and Field Championships at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, yesterday. He was disqualified while leading the event. His wining effort was 79.98 metres. ANTHONY HARRIS

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