Keshorn Walcott described his qualification for today’s IAAF World Athletics Championship men’s javelin final here in Doha, Qatar as a gift from God.
“It’s been a tough season for me, mentally and physically, so not knowing if I would have been to the World Championships, and now, making the first throw to qualify for the final is God giving me a gift.”
Throwing 16th and last in Group “B” of the qualification competition at the Khalifa International Stadium, yesterday, Walcott landed the spear 84.44 metres in round one. The Trinidad and Tobago athlete clenched his fist as he watched the javelin sail through the air.
“Whenever I release I know if it’s good,” Walcott told the Sunday Express. “That was my main focus, to relax and just hit in the last part of the throw. I just saw it on television and it was a bit slow because I was being cautious but the last part was really good. I didn’t know it was over 84 but I knew it was a good throw.”