Elton lauds brotherís golden performance
By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Sunday, July 15 2012
Elton Walcott, brother of new World Juniors javelin champion, Keshorn, heaped praises on his victorious sibling after he launched a golden throw of 78.64m at the Championships, which concludes in Barcelona, Spain, today.
Walcott (E) expressed elation upon receiving the news of his brotherís historic feat on Friday and noted that Keshorn has been working towards attaining top spot in the World Juniors since 2010, and rightfully deserved to win gold at the prestigious event.
ďHis intention was always to be the best junior javelin thrower. Iíve been hearing him say that for about two years now. He deserves it. Keshorn has worked hard and his results are the fruits of his hard work,Ē stated a delighted Elton.
The triple jumper admitted that during 2010, the Walcott duo were going through some minor progressive obstacles. However, the local athlete was grateful for the previous challenges thrown to them in the earlier stages of their competitive career, and hinted that these struggles may have made them stronger track and field athletes. Elton openly stated that he was pleased to see his brother blossom into the dominant javelin ace he is today.
ďI think his win on Friday was all about retribution. He proved to the world that he could go to Spain and conquer all other opposition. This was Keshornís ultimate goal and he eventually executed and delivered effectively, for the whole of Trinidad and Tobago and the world to see,Ē he added.
Speaking on his development as a local athlete, Elton revealed that he eagerly anticipates his return to the local and international competitive circuit, after having a tough injury-hampered 2011/ 2012 season.
In September, the budding triple jumper will begin his athletic scholarship at the South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas. He admitted that the transition from local training to an American College level would be a bit tough but is open to all aspects and any assistance that would significantly enhance his overall athleticism.
ďI know that Iíd have to first get accustomed to the sessions (training). The training across there (South Plains) will be much different from what I receive down here but Iím more than willing to step to the challenge. This is also a school that has significantly helped athletes such as Kyron Blaise (national triple jumper) as well, so Iím looking forward to it,Ē he explained.
Elton indicated that he will try his best to remain in the best of form as the 2013 competitive season draws closer. Coming off two recent hamstring injuries, Elton also intends to get more involved on the American indoor circuit. The national triple jumper revealed that he would be exploring his competitive options when he gets to South Plains.
He continued, ďI just want to get back on track and start back competing. As for now, Iím on a little vacation but mentally preparing myself for my new school term in Texas. Iím also going to try out some indoor competitions when I get there and hopefully represent Trinidad and Tobago at the forthcoming World Indoor Championships.Ē
ďThis is a golden opportunity for me as the World Juniors is for my brother. Iím going to take it in full stride and appreciate all that is brought to me. I will have to push myself. Improvement is the number one goal. Thatís what my brother and I live by,Ē he concluded.