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T&T gold medallist gifted lighthouse

JAVELIN CHAMPION: Walcott

AFTER RETURNING home yesterday (August 13) Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott has been given numerous goodies, including a lighthouse named in his honour for capturing a surprise Olympic gold medal in the men’s javelin.

On August 11, the 19-year-old set two national records on his way to victory inside the Olympic Stadium and the lighthouse in his native Toco will be renamed The Keshorn Walcott Toco Lighthouse as reward for his triumphant exploits.

Walcott, the first non-European to claim gold in the javelin since USA’s Cy Young in 1952, also received a luxury house, roughly £100,000, 20,000 acres of land in Toco, a scholarship at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and a Caribbean Airlines aircraft named after him.

A second round throw of 84.58m was enough to win gold, Trinidad’s first on the field.

Hasely Crawford is the only other athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to take Olympic gold, doing so in the 100m at the 1976 Montreal Games.

The teenage Walcott is the youngest ever winner of the men’s javelin at the Games.

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