Tuesday, February 20, 2018

...Walcott eyes Diamond League

OLYMPIC gold medallist Keshorn Walcott is setting his sights on the Diamond League meets in May.

The javellin thrower was speaking with the Express yesterday after receiving the Express Individual of the Year Award 2012 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Invaders Bay, Port of Spain.

He said he was still in the early stages of his strength training.

"Things coming along great. Just working hard," he commented.

He explained that he would not be competing early this year as he is no longer a junior. Walcott will turn 20 on April 2. He said that he should start competing in May with the Diamond League meets in Europe.

"The javelin is not something they do around these areas (this region) so I'm going to have to travel a lot," he added.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Samsung Diamond League is an annual series of track and field meetings. According to the IAAF website, this year's season "will be composed of 14 meetings taking place from May to September across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA, linked together on the track and infield by the annual Diamond Race in 32 event disciplines which is acknowledged as one of the toughest season long challenges in world sport".

Walcott shocked the athletics world and the London Olympics last August when he grabbed gold with an 84.58-metre throw. In July 2012 he had won the world junior title at Barcelona with a 78.64 metre throw, becoming the first Trinidad and Tobago athlete to earn a global throwing title.