T&T's Walcott, Grenada’s Peters set for medal showdown in Doha

By October 05, 2019
Anderson Peters (left) and Keshorn Walcott Anderson Peters (left) and Keshorn Walcott

Former Olympic Champion Trinidad & Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott and Grenada’s Anderson Peters are set for a showdown for medal placings after the heats of the Javelin at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar.

Peters, solidly on the rise in the javelin, took two attempts to get past the automatic qualification mark throwing the javelin out to 85.34 metres after an 82.06 loosener.

Walcott threw less, his automatic qualification throw reaching out to 84.44 metres, but he never bothered with a loosener, taking one effort before heading back for an early shower.

Seven men threw the automatic qualification mark of 84 metres with only Germany’s Johannes Vetter with 89.35 and Estonia’s Magnus Kirt, 88.36, doing any better than Peters.

Walcott is fifth on the list of automatic qualifiers with Sweden’s Im Amb, 84.85, splitting the Caribbean men.

There was also quite a bit of drama after Walcott and Peters had made their exits with a number of would-be medal contenders failing to get through qualifying.

Among the carnage were the German pair of Andreas Hofmann, 80.06, and Olympic champion, Thomas Röhler, 79.23.

The rivalry between Walcott and Peters began in August when the former, now a permanent name among the best throwers in the world, was surprised at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru where he earned a silver after throwing 83.55 metres to the latter’s 87.31.

The throw put Peters among the medal hopefuls for the World Championships and his performance in the heats suggests he is in good shap, despite never throwing over 90 metres like his more seasoned opponents.

The javelin final takes place on tomorrow morning's final day.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Related items

  • Leading RusAF officials charged with anti-doping violations Leading RusAF officials charged with anti-doping violations

    The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has suspended several leading Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) officials for their conduct during an investigation into high-jumper Danil Lysenko.

    Russian athletes have been prohibited from representing their country since November 2015 following allegations of state-sponsored doping, which have been regularly denied.

    Lysenko, a high jump silver medallist from the 2017 World Athletics Championships, was authorised by World Athletics to compete as a neutral athlete following the suspension of RusAF.

    In June 2018, Lysenko was notified of a third "whereabouts" failure, with a notice of charge issued against him and a provisional suspension imposed in August 2018.

    The AIU investigated the explanations provided by Lysenko, concluding the explanations were false and supported by forged documents.

    A subsequent 15-month inquiry into RusAF's conduct has led to senior officials, including the organisation's president Dmitry Shlyakhtin, being charged with serious breaches of anti-doping rules, including a failure to co-operate with an investigation and obstructing an investigation.

    In total, seven individuals associated with RusAF – Shlyakhtin, executive director Alexander Parkin, board member Artur Karamyan, senior administrator Elena Orlova, anti-doping coordinator Elena Ikonnikova, Lysenko and his coach Evgeniy Zagorulko – have been charged for anti-doping rule violations of tampering and/or complicity.

    All seven have been handed suspensions with immediate effect.

    RusAF has until December 12 to respond to the notice, and the AIU board may refer the matter to the World Athletics Council.

  • Motivated Asafa Powell targets 2020 Olympics, sets aside chase for 100 sub-10s Motivated Asafa Powell targets 2020 Olympics, sets aside chase for 100 sub-10s

    Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell says his focus for the upcoming season is to earn a spot on Jamaica’s team to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Did World Athletics blunder with cutting events from the Diamond League for 2020 Did World Athletics blunder with cutting events from the Diamond League for 2020
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.