With the gold medal earned on Friday in world-record setting style in the men’s F43/44 javelin throw event at the fifteenth-edition Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago’s Akeem Stewart is on edge to emerge tops again in this Friday’s discus throw competition.
Walcott, 24-year-old Tobagonian, who competes in the 42 to 44 category for athletes with lower limb deficiency like leg length difference or impairment of leg movement, has burst into the top-bracket Paralympic sporting landscape within recent years.
At last August’s Parapan American Games in Toronto, Stewart set world records and won both the javelin and discus throw event gold medals. Stewart then competed in the International Paralympic Committee’s World Championships in Doha, Qatar in October and was third in the discus throw, fourth in the javelin (54.77 metres).
Before he strung his gold-medal winning performance in the 16-man field Friday, Stewart admitted to some uncertainty but not so about his flag-bearing honour at Games opening Wednesday
The burly Stewart whose style is a short run-up and javelin release performer hit a new world record mark with the first of his six throws Friday and broke that record again with his sixth and last throw.
Stewart is TT’s second Paralympic Games gold medallists – Rachel Marshall at shot put and javelin – L5 class – in the 1984 seventh of the every-four-year games with double gold Marshall also swam to bronze in the L6 100-metre freestyle in those Stoke Mandeville, UK. New York, USA Games.
Trinidad and Tobago were medalless in the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea and returned to action in London 2012 ( Shantol Ince and Carlos Green without success until Friday past in Rio
Ince is into action today in the 100-metre freestyle, tomorrow in the 50-metre free and on Thursday in the 100-metre butterfly. Nyoshia Cain prepares for the 200 on Thursday and the 100 on Saturday, the Games ending on Sunday.