Javelin thrower Shakeil Waithe signed off Trinidad and Tobago’s 21-competitor challenge at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Oregon, USA last night with a commendable fifth place finish in the final of the event.
His was the last medal-winning thrust for Trinidad and Tobago at the six-day Championships in which the twin-island state won just one medal, a gold through Machel Cedenio’s breath-taking triumph in the Boys 400-metre final.
Cedenio’s 45.13-second clocking for his win was the fastest time by a junior athlete in the world this year.
Quietly the one with the potential to follow compatriot Keshorn Walcott into the world senior javelin-throwing ranks, Waithe produced a 70.78-metre best of three throws out of six allowed each competitor to gain fifth.
The 2014 Carifta Games and Central America and Caribbean javelin throw gold medallist was sixth-placed after the first round and fourth after the third.
Requiring a better-than 70.78-metres in the sixth and last throw – his third -, Waithe measured just 68.14 metres while Latvia’s Gatis Cakss who was low down managed a 74.04-metre throw to surpass all and win the gold.
A Slovenian (72.97 metres) was second, a Moldovan (72.81 metres) was third and a German (71.62) was fourth.
Walcott went from Barcelona to the 2012 Olympic Games in London and won the throw event there.
Whether history repeats itself in the form of Cedenio remains on the cards as the junior world 400-metre gold medallist heads to Glasgow, Scotland to join the Trinidad and Tobago team for the Commonwealth Games 4 by 400 metres relay.
As the World Championships ended last evening, TT athletes made it to seven finals.
Cedenio and Waithe apart, Reubin Walters finished sixth in the Boys 110-metres hurdles medal event, Jonathan Farinha was eighth in both the 100 and 200 metres finals and the boys and girls four by 100 metres relay teams placed 6th and 4th respectively in their medal chase.
Other TT athletes at the championships were Zakiya Denoon and Aaliyah Teslesford, 100-metre semifinalists, Kayelle Clarke, 200-metre semifinalist, John Mark Constantine, 100 metres, Asa Guevara, 400 metres, Aaron Lewis, 110-metre hurdles, Nicholas Landeau, 800 metres, Akila McShine, 100-metres hurdles, Portious Warrer, shot put, Mauricia Prieto and Trishelle Leacock (girls relay), Odel James, Breon Mullings, Nathan Farinha and Rubin Walters (4×4 relay) and Holland Cabare, Micah Ballantyne and Akanni Hislop (4×1 relay).