Trinidad and Tobago’s Akeem Stewart saved his best throw for last. The throw was 57.32 metres, which came in the sixth round, gave him gold in the Men’s F42/43/44 Javelin finals on the second day of athletics at the Rio 2016 Parlympic Games.

His winning mark is also a world record in the F43 class, improving on the 57.23m set in the first round.

Alister McQueen (CAN) 55.56 was second and Roy McSweeney (NZL), third 54.99.

Stewart’s first (57.23m), second (56.64m), third (56.84m) and fifth (55.77m) throws were also enough to win gold and further than the previous F43 record of 54.77 set by Stewart in the 2015 Parlympics Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Stewart is from Carnbee, Tobago. He attended Scarborough Secondary and is a member of the Tobago Falcons Athletic Club. His coaches are Wayne Stewart (father) and Wade Franklyn.

He is the national record holder in the men’s shot put and won silver (discus) and bronze (shot put) in the boys under 20 division at the 2011 Carifta Games. He was fourth in the shot put at the 2013 CAC Senior Championships in Mexico and also competed at the 2011 Pan American Junior Champs

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Clayton Clarke is a freelance track and field journalist since 2005. He is a former athlete and an IAAF Level III coach (Sprints & Hurdles). He has been a writer with Track Alerts since its inception in 2009. He worked with several media houses (radio, tv, newspaper, website) in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Kitts Nevis and the Bahamas. The Tobago native has covered the Carifta Games since 2005, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 World Athletic Championships and numerous local and regional track and field events.. Though track and field is his passion and main interest, he has served as media liaison with numerous sporting bodies in T&T and in particular in Tobago, namely cycling, chess, football, beach soccer, taekwondo, rugby, swimming, tennis and beach volleyball.


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