Trinidad and Tobago along with the rest of the Caribbean were in a state of pandemonium on Saturday as Keshorn Walcott won the twin island’s second gold medal in 36 years at the London 2012 Olympics.
Walcott, 19, won gold in the javelin event with a throw of 84.58 metres. He gave Trinidad and Tobago their first Olympic gold since Hasley Crawford won the 100 metres at the Montreal Games in 1976 as well as their first gold in a field event.
“I’m more than stunned, I just went into the final to enjoy it, so to come out with the gold medal is a feeling I can’t describe right now”, said Walcott.
With this win Walcott became only the second non-European to take the crown in 100 years of the Olympic Games (in 1952 an American won gold at the Helsinki Games) and the youngest Olympic javelin champion.
Walcott arrived back home in Trinidad to much fanfare and celebrations. A crowd was gathered at the Piarco International Airport waving and cheering for their new hero. There was a reception for Walcott and the Trinidadian Olympic team in the main lobby of the airport this morning. After the reception a motorcade took place from the Piarco International Airport to Toco, home of Keshorn Walcott.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has disclosed that Walcott’s reward will be valued at several million dollars. His incentives will include: – $1 million in cash; a home in Federation Park, valued at approximately $2.5 million dollars; 20,000 sq ft of land in Toco; a scholarship at the University of Trinidad and Tobago; also, the Toco lighthouse, a housing development in Toco and a new CAL aircraft will be named after Walcott.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has declared today a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago.
Walcott is also currently the World Junior Champion in javelin.
Keshorn you’ve done your country proud!