I first met Derek Walcott, who died on March 20, in the late 1960s when we both worked as reporters at the Trinidad Guardian and the Trinidad Evening News in my native Trinidad.
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Walcott, Gordon in Diamond League action
Javelin boss Keshorn Walcott and 400m hurdles specialist Jehue Godon will face opponents much like they did at the 2012 Olympics, when the pair represent T&T at the second IAAF Diamond League meet, in Shanghai, China, tomorrow. Walcott, who has had several quiet spells since his glory throw in London, will be hoping to return to his best. The 21-year-old, whose personal best stands at 84.58m comes up against 2007 world champion Tero Pitkamaki of Finland and Kenya’s 25-year-old sensation Julius Yego. He also comes up against Antti Ruuskanen of Finland, and Vitezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic, who placed third and fourth, respectively, behind Walcott, at the London Olympics. Gordon will also face still competition in the 400m hurdles against Americans Johnny Dutch, Bershawn Jackson and Olympic silver medalist Michael Tinsley.