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Gold and world record again for TT’s Akeem Stewarts in World Para Athletics Championships

Trinidad and Tobago’s Akeem Stewart claimed his second gold medal of the World Para Athletics Championships in London today, winning the F44 men’s shot put final and with a new world record mark.

Stewart recovered from a quiet fifth place in his discus throw final first event last Sunday to earn gold in the javelin throw final on Tuesday while also setting a new world record.

Today the 25-year-old Tobago-born and raised Stewart, one of only four Para athletes from the Caribbean twin-island at the championships, stole off with the shot put win to make Trinidad and Tobago’s medal collection three as teammate Nyoshia Cain was a silver medalist in the T44 women’s 100 metres final.

Stewart quickly made his presence known in the shot put competition today with an opening effort of 18.34m. The distance was nearly four metres further than the previous record of 14.21m set by Germany’s Jorg Frischmann 20 years ago.

In the fourth round Stewart excelled with a massive 19.08m, letting out a big roar as the circular disc spun its way airborne before landing.

His claim on the shot put world record in his class makes him a triple world record holder as he has the marks also for the Javelin (57.61m) and the Discus (63.03m).

Stewart won gold in the Javelin throw at last year Rio Paralympic games and Silver in the Discus.