Gold medal and new world javelin record for Akeem Stewart

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 15:15

Trinidad and Tobago's Akeem Stewart has won gold and set a new world record in the F44 category of Javelin at the Paralympics in Rio.

Stewart threw 57.23 metres in his first throw in the final to break the record of 54.77 metres which he held since October 2015.

He broke the record again with his final throw of 57.32 metres which confirmed him as the gold medal winner.

Akeem now holds all 5 F43 records that can be held in the javelin event: World record 57.32; Paralympic record 57.32; IPC world champions 54.77; Americas record 57.32 & Parapan record 53.36.

He has become the second T&T athlete to win a gold medal in a javelin event at a major tournament, following Keshorn Walcott at the London Olympics in 2012.

Walcott followed up with a bronze medal throw at the Rio Olympics this year.