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Turku silver
PREPARING FOR OLYMPICS: Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott

Turku silver

Walcott 2nd with season's best throw

Go Back : Express : Kwame Laurence : 08.06.2021

Keshorn Walcott seized men's javelin silver at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, yesterday. Walcott threw a season's best 82.84 metres to claim the runner-up spot, behind Marcin Krukowski, the Polish athlete establishing a new national record of 89.55m.

Walcott opened with an 82.33m effort, before fouling in round two. In the third round, Trinidad and Tobago's 2012 Olympic champion landed the spear 82.84m, improving on his previous season's best of 82.75. Walcott fouled again in round four, followed up at 77.51, and then closed with his third foul throw of the competition.

In addition to his national record, Krukowski threw 85.60m, 84.68 and 83.87 at the World Athletics Continental Tour - Gold meet. South Africa's Rocco van Rooyen claimed bronze with an 82.55m effort. Grenada's reigning world champion Anderson Peters was seventh at 80.01.

On Sunday, at the Track Houston 2021 Championship meet in Texas, USA, Taejha Badal struck gold in the girls' 17-18 100 metres dash. Running into a 2.5 metres per second headwind, Badal stopped the clock at 11.75 seconds.

In Tennessee, Sparkle McKnight got home in a season's best 56.06 seconds to finish fourth in the Music City Track Carnival women's 400m hurdles. The T&T athlete just missed out on the podium, Canadian Sage Watson clocking 56.04 to bag bronze.

Sydney McLaughlin sounded a warning ahead of the July 23-August 8 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, the American grabbing gold in a world-leading 52.83 seconds. Jamaican Leah Nugent was a distant second in 55.34.

T&T quartermiler Asa Guevara finished fifth in the men's 400m in 46.64 seconds. Bahamian Steven Gardiner, the reigning world champion, topped the field in 45.06.

T&T's Iantha Wright clocked a personal best 11.68 seconds for fifth spot in the women's 100m dash. American Dezerea Bryant was golden in 11.24. At last month's National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Outdoor Championships, in Alabama, Wright finished sixth in the 100m final in a wind-aided 11.70. The Life University student had clocked a windy 11.61 in the qualifying round.

T&T thrower Portious Warren produced a 17.05m effort to finish sixth in the women's shot put. Jamaican Danniel Thomas-Dodd won with a big 19.26m throw.

On Saturday, at the Olympic Destiny Series meet in Jamaica, T&T sprinter Emmanuel Callender finished sixth in section two of the men's 100m and 23rd overall in 10.56 seconds. Section one winner, Oblique Seville was the fastest on show in a large field of 90, the 20-year-old Jamaican getting to the line in a personal best 10.10.