Pan Am champ Anderson Peters has enough left in the tank for Doha podium bid

By August 13, 2019
Pan Am champ Anderson Peters has enough left in the tank for Doha podium bid Jazelle Sylvester

Having so far successfully navigated a long season during which he defended his NCAA title and won his very first Pan Am Games title, Grenada’s Anderson Peters believes he has enough left in the tank for a podium bid at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in seven weeks’ time.

The 21-year-old Peters threw a personal best 87.31m to win the men’s javelin at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. It was a new Pan Am Games record and national record that saw him defeat Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott, the two-time Olympic medallist who could only muster 83.55m for the silver medal.

St. Lucia’s Albert Reynolds copped the bronze with a personal best 82.19m.

Energized by the win, Peters, who has been competing since March, believes he has enough left to make a bid for a place on the podium in Doha.

“It really has been a long season, but at this point, I think coach Paul Phillip can get me ready for the World Championships because it’s the ending of September and I’m not feeling fatigued or anything which is really good,” he told Sportsmax.TV, adding that he feels he could exceed his personal best in Qatar.

“I would most definitely love to throw farther than 87m in Doha. I think it’s very possible since I already had an 88m throw which was the foot foul at Pan Am Games.”

In addition to his new personal best and national record, he also achieved another milestone in Peru. Having tried on three previous occasions to defeat Walcott, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, for the Grenadian it was a case of being the fourth time lucky.

“I’ve been trying to beat him for years,” he said with a laugh, “but he’s really good at competing and he stays claim all the way so pressure doesn’t get to him. He’s a very good competitor.”

Notwithstanding the success he achieved in Lima, he said the conditions were not the best.

“I was there for like three weeks in total and the sun only came out for one day within that time. It was really cold every day but on the day I had to compete surprisingly it wasn’t too cold, the athletes were able to stay warm and compete,” he said.

He plans to spend the next few days in Grenada with his mom Antonette before he begins his preparations for Doha.

“I’ve been busy training all year so I will use these few days to spend time with her,” he said before he returns to his coach, unsure of what his next steps are for the next few weeks but clear on his ultimate objective.

“I’m not sure as yet (what training will be like) because I leave those things up to Coach Paul. He’s really good at planning and getting me ready for big throws,” he said.

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