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At 15 years old, the tall lad realized his passion for sports. He could not sprint nor jump, so he started hurling bamboo sticks on the beaches near his home before throwing a javelin for fun with his cousins on a school field. With no proper training facility in his small village of Toco, Walcott would travel to the capital Port of Spain where he could better hone his skills.
The young Trinidadian javelin thrower truly has climbed his way up the ranks. He was a three-time winner in the Under-20 javelin throw at the CARIFTA Games, a two-time North, Central American and Caribbean champion (2010, 2012 (record), and the 2012 World Junior champion. In those competitions his rivals were no match for him; he would simply break his personal record and destroy his opponents.
In 2012 at the age of 19, Walcott became only the second non-European to take the Olympic javelin crown in 100 years of the Games; the first was an American at the 1952 Helsinki Games. In addition, he became Trinidad and Tobago’s first gold medalist since the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, when Hasely Crawford won the 100m title.