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Walcott cops silver at Swiss meet
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Walcott cops silver at Swiss meet

Go Back : Guardian : Rachael Thompson-King : 29.06.2021

T&T's Keshorn Walcott copped a silver medal in the men's javelin event at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Meet held in Switzerland, yesterday.

The two-time Olympic medallist and national record holder placed second with his best throw measuring 85.16 metres on his second attempt to finish behind Germany's Johannes Vetter, who won with a 92.14m-throw.

The 28-year old Walcott, who is currently ranked third in this year's furthest throws with his season-best throw of 89.12m achieved on Saturday in Finland, has one more Pre-Olympic meet to go before heading to Tokyo, Japan for the Olympic Games which runs from July 23 to August 8.

At the Blue Marlin Track & Field Series at the Thomas Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas, sprinter Kyle Greaux and hurdler Ruebin Walters sped to victory in their respective events, yesterday.

Greaux topped the men's 200m with a time of 20.74 Êseconds, comfortably beating Bahamian pair Teray Smith (20.83) and Wonya McCoy (20.95).

Walters crossed first in the men's 110m hurdles in 13.59 ahead of compatriot Mikel Thomas, who followed in second place with 13.64. Just as the hurdlers placed the day before at the Bahamas National Championships with Walter winning in 13.65, edging Thomas (13.66) at the line.

In the women's half-lap event, Kai Selvon was a third-place finisher with a 25.05-clocking. The local sprinter also raced in the 100m dash and placed ninth overall with 11.85 after crossing seventh in section one of two in the timed finals. This after progressing from the preliminaries with the fifth-fastest qualifying time of 11.75.

A host of local sprinters competed in the men's 100m but none finished among the top three spots in another timed final.

Jonathon Frainha placed the highest in fourth spot with a time of 10.41 (-0.1). he was followed by compatriots Richard Thompson (10.44), Emmanuel Callender (10.45), Tyrell Edwards (10.48), Andre Marcano (10.54), Jerod Elcock (10.61), who filled the fifth to ninth places, respectively. Keston Bledman also competed in the event and advanced from the preliminary round with the 13th fastest time but he did not finish in the final round.

Akanni Hislop placed 16th in the men's 100m preliminaries with 11.15 but did not compete in the finals.

Later, Thompson, Callender and Hislop linked up with Kion Benjamin to form the men's 4x100 relay team and the national quarter placed second with 39.63 while T&T "B" team clocked 41.70 to finish sixth.

T&T also had a team face the starter in the mixed 4x400m relay and the quartet of Dwight St Hillaire, Rae-Anne Serville, Sparkle McKnight and Deon Lendore, running in that order, finished second in the two-team race in 3:15.09. The Bahamas won in 3:14.51.

In the women's 4x100m relay, theÊT&T team, running in the order, of Semoy Hackett, ÊServille, Selvon and Sparkle McKnight, did not finish.