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.

Grenada’s Anderson Peters won a major battle against fellow Caribbean javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Saturday.

Peters would eventually throw 87.31 metres, breaking Cuba’s Guillermo Martinez’s eight-year-old Pan Am Games record to claim the win against Trinidad and Tobago’s Walcott, whose implement landed 83.55 metres away at its furthest.

Peters reached the mark with his first throw, finding his second best effort coming with his fourth throw, an 85.90 monster that would have won him the title anyway.

Walcott’s first throw was also his best, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic champion finding trouble with getting back to his lofty 90-metre best.
St Lucia’s Albert Reynolds threw a personal best, 82.19 metres for third.

Fourth place went to the United States’ Michael Shuey, the only other thrower over 80 metres, with his 80.72.

There were two other Caribbean athletes in the event, with Grenada’s Markim Felix, 77.18, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Shakeil Waithe, 76.15, finishing fifth and sixth respectively.

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Gold medallist, Keshorn Walcott will likely not be a part of the country’s team to the IAAF World Championships of Athletics after fouling out at his National Trials on Saturday.

Walcott, in a field of just three, including young Tyriq Horsford and Shakeil Waithe, did manage to throw 79.98 metres as well as 77.68, which would have given him victory with the best other throw being 78.97.

However, it is Waithe who can claim national championship honours after Walcott was adjudged to have broken some rule or other and registered as a disqualification.

Horsford threw 71.67 metres for second place.

While the reason for the disqualification isn’t clear, there is the suggestion that Walcott left the competition area for too long and fell prey to rule 180.19 “Absence during Competition”.

Also quoted on the results sheet was rule 142.2, “The eligibility of an athlete to compete outside of his country”.

Walcott is the countries reigning national record holder at 90.16 metres and the trials record holder at 84.96 metres.

The results are not a done deal though as there is to be a jury of appeal hearing today.

Walcott won gold at the Olympics for Trinidad and Tobago in 2012 and bronze in 2016.

2018 Continental Cup champion Fedrick Dacres won discus gold on Tuesday at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland where two other Caribbean throwers produced podium-worthy performances.

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