T&T’s two-time Olympic medallist, Keshorn Walcott, continues to be supported on his journey to the Tokyo Olympic Games by national communications solutions provider, bmobile.
The javelin ace will participate in his third Games which gets under way tomorrow and runs until August 8 in Japan.
Walcott has been a bmobile brand ambassador for over eight years. As he climaxes preparations ahead of another Olympic performance, the 28-year old credited his longstanding partners for their commitment on his quest.
The field athlete won T&T’s second-ever Olympic gold medal on debut with a 84.58 metres throw at the 2012 Games in London and then captured bronze (85.38m) at the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil edition four years later.
“bmobile has always been one of the main contributing companies to my career for the past eight years. Since my first Olympics in England, they have been by my side and have stuck with me through the good years and the bad years. I’ll be forever grateful for that,” he said from his Portugal-base on July 6.
When COVID-19 hit T&T in mid-March last year, he was unable to train and compete. He capitalised on the downtime by doing some home renovations, adventuring out on a couple hikes and even picked up mountain biking as a hobby.
After an 18-month hiatus owing to the pandemic, Walcott returned to competition on the international stage on May 19. He participated in his first top-flight competition for the 2021 season – Ostrava Golden Spike Games in Czech Republic – and bagged a bronze with an 82.75m effort.
Four days later, he copped silver with a distance of 77.78m at the Wanda Diamond League in Gateshead, England.
On June 26, he sounded a warning that he was ready, to mount a serious challenge on his third Olympic Games, when he threw the spear 89.12m at the Kuortane Games meet in Finland.
Three days later at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meet in Luzern, Switzerland, the local thrower threw 85.16 to win silver then won bronze with 82.81 in his final meet ahead of the Tokyo Games, the Diamond League's Muller British Grand Prix at the Gateshead International Stadium in Great Britain.
Under the guidance of coach Ismael Lopez Mastrapa, Walcott is primed to excel once again at the Olympics. The qualification round of the men's javelin will be on August 3 with final set for August 7.