Anderson Peters spear into history
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 06: Anderson Peters of Grenada celebrates winning gold in the Men's Javelin final during day ten of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

DOHA, Qatar – Seven years after Keshorn Walcott became the first Caribbean man to win a global title in the men’s javelin, Anderson Peters who watched him on television that day, and was inspired, is now a global champion.

Peters, who grew up in Grenada throwing rocks at mangoes and golden apples, hurled his spear out to 86.89m to capture his first world title and fourth title overall this year. He who won the NCAA D1 crown, NACAC U23 and Pan American Games titles.

Peters, blessed with strong shoulders, was not even a finalist at the London 2017 World Championships. He finished tenth in the qualification round.

“I think the advantage that we youngsters have is that the older guys don’t know what to expect from us,” said Peters.

“So if we come out here and land a big one, they (competitors) will get nervous, and that is what happened to them tonight. I am going, to be honest with you, in the prelims, I was so scared but having made the finals, I became a different person.”

“I went out there to become the world champion, and here I am,” said the Mississippi State University student, who indicated he has to go and study for two crucial exams coming up on Tuesday (8 Oct) and Wednesday (9 Oct) of this week.

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