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Walcott lands javelin silver in Finland
Keshorn Walcott ofÊT&T competes in the men's javelin throw final during the athletics at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, yesterday. Keshorn won the silver medal. (AP) - Rebecca Blackwell

Walcott lands javelin silver in Finland

Go Back : Guardian : Nigel Simon : 08.06.2021

T&T two-time Olympic medallist, Keshorn Walcott continued his build-up to next month's delayed Tokyo Olympic Games with a silver medal throw at the Paavo Nurmi Games, Paavo Nurmi Stadium, Turku, Finland on Tuesday.

Competing on the the second and final day of the two-day meet, the 28-year-old Toco-born Walcott had a best throw of 82.94 metres, a season-best to take the silver medal in the nine-man field behind 29-year-old Poland's Marcin Krukowsk's throw of 89.55m, who bettered his previous season-best as well of 85.12.

Taking the bronze medal was South African Rocco Van Rooyen, 29, with a distance of 82.55m, well off his top performance of the year of 85.97, while Lithuanian Edis Matusevicius (81.23m) and Finland's Oliver Helander (80.82m) were fourth and fifth respectively.

The other competitors to finish the event were home-town entrant Lassi Etelatalo (80.42m), 23-year-old Grenadian Anderson Peters (80.01), and Finnish duo, Topias Laine (79.50m), and Toni Kuusela (78.42m).

Prior to his throw on Tuesday, Walcott who won Olympic gold in London 2012, followed by bronze four years later in Rio de Janeiro had a season-best of 82.75m at the Ostrava Golden Spike Games in Czech Republic in mid=may when he earned a bronze medal as well.

And a week later at the Wanda Diamond League at Gateshead, England he secured silver with a distance of 77.78m.