Walcott going for gold at 2015 Worlds
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad –– Keshorn Walcott is determined to give a good account of himself at the August 22-30 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
On his Worlds debut, two years ago, Walcott fell well short of his lofty standards, throwing 78.78 metres for 18th spot in the men’s javelin qualifying competition. The reigning Olympic champion did not advance to the final. It was that kind of year. Hampered by an injury to his left ankle, he bettered the 80-metre mark just twice in 2013.
Heading into the 2015 Worlds, Walcott is driven to make up for his Moscow 2013 disappointment.
“This year I had it in the back of my mind, knowing that I did bad at the World Championships in Moscow. I want to try to get a better performance. Especially this being the year before the Olympics, I’m really trying to go out there and get in the mix with the World Championships.”
Walcott, though, is battling another injury this season.
“Every year I keep getting injuries,” the 22-year-old thrower said. “It’s the javelin life. This year I got an ankle injury again, the same ankle from 2013 but different place.”
Walcott shrugged off the discomfort to grab gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, last month. He landed the spear 83.27m.
“It was a kind of here and there decision for me to throw at the Pan Am Games because of my ankle, but now it’s getting better. We’re working on it still. We have about two weeks before the World Championships, Hopefully, it will be in a better state than it was for Pan Am.
“Physically I’m never 100 per cent,” he continued. “I don’t think most athletes are. But I always go in with my mind strong. I think that’s a key factor in anything you go into. You have to believe in yourself, so I’m still believing I have a chance to go there and medal. That’s what we’re praying for.”
On July 9, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Walcott made it absolutely clear he has what it takes to capture another global title. The Toco athlete produced a personal best 90.16m effort to strike gold at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meet, the monster throw earning him 14th spot on the all-time world list.
Walcott’s 90.16m national record throw puts him second on the 2015 global performance list, behind Kenya’s Julius Yego (91.39m). Finnish throwers, Tero Pitkamaki (89.09m) and Antti Ruuskanen (88.98m) are third and fourth, respectively, while fifth spot is held by Czech Republic’s reigning world champion Vitezslav Vesely (88.18m).
Walcott, Yego, Pitkamaki and Ruuskanen are all well positioned to challenge Vesely for his title.