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Olympic javelin star in Finland's Elite Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic javelin gold medallist Keshorn Walcott is in Finland to compete in the annual Elite track and field games. The surprise Olympic winner told Yle that he relished the opportunity to compete in "the land of the javelin".

Keshorn Walcott
Just 20 years old, Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott is the holder of 2012 Olympic gold in the javelin event. Image: EPA

Olympic javelin gold medallist Keshorn Walcott will face off against local javelin athletes Teemu Wirkkala and Lassi Etelätalo. The games kicked off in Joensuu on Sunday.

Walcott's season best throw has been 84.39 metres. Wirkkala and Etelätalo are only just opening their competitive seasons, but their personal best efforts of 87.23 and 84.41 put them in strong contention to keep the games' gold medal in Finland.

Walcott's winning throw in last year's London Olympics was 84.58 metres.

Olympic gold "a surprise"

Speaking to Yle Sports on Saturday, the 20-year-old said his Olympic triumph had been a welcome surprise.

"Nobody [from Trinidad and Tobago] ever won a field event in a major competition before, so that was really good and people weren't expecting that. So it was a surprise for me and them," he said.

He also said that he was pleased for the opportunity to compete in Finland.

"You know Finland is the javelin country, so once I get the opportunity I'll come and it was given so I came to Finland. Hopefully I'll go out there and have a good competition. The weather is better than expected, so that's really good," Walcott added.

The men's javelin throw event was scheduled to begin after 7.00 pm Sunday.

Male athletes are expected to hurl a minimum distance of 75 metres to qualify for an event bonus. The top overall athlete stands to take home 10,000 euros from the competition.

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