Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott created history by becoming the first athlete from a Caribbean nation to win the men’s javelin.
Walcott, at just 19, stunned a class field to win with a national record of 84.58 metres, edging out Ukraine’s Oleksandr Pyantnytsya (84.51m) and Finland’s Antti Ruuskanen (84.12m).
He achieved the feat on his second throw, beating his previous season best of 82.83m.
Two-time champion Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway placed sixth with a best throw of 82.63m.
The victory follows Walcott’s win at the world junior championships in Barcelona less than a month ago.
“I’m surprised I even made the final,” Walcott said.
“I just went out there to relax and enjoy it, and it worked for me.”
Not only did Walcott win Trinidad and Tobago’s maiden javelin gold, he became just the second non-European to top the podium in the event.
Trinidad and Tobago is traditionally strong in the sprint events and this is illustrated by the the fact Walcott won just its second Olympic gold medal following Hasely Crawford’s win in the 100m at the 1976 Games in Montreal.
The prowess on the track was further evident in London with Lalonde Gordon taking bronze in the men’s 400m before backing up to finish third again in the 4x400m relay.
The island nation also won bronze in the men’s 4x100m less than an hour after Walcott claimed his triumph.
“I means everything to me, this is what it’s all about,” Walcott said.
“I just train my hardest and try to enjoy every time I come out.”
Pyantnytsya took a season best of 86.12m into London but he was not upset to finish without the gold.
“The result could have been a few metres more but this is sport,” he said.
“I am happy.”
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