Grenada gov’t praises Anderson Peters’ historic gold

Anderson Peters, of Grenada, throws during the the men’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.
Associated Press / David J. Phillip

The Grenada government has praised the achievement of Anderson Peters following his historic capture of gold in the men’s javelin at the recent World Championships in Qatar.

The gold medal was the first for Grenada’s in the field event at a World Championship and only the second gold overall, following on from Kirani James’ success in Daegu in 2011.

In a statement the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture, and the Arts said Anderson historic win has made him the first Grenadian to win a World Championship medal in the field events. He is also the second athlete in Grenada history to become a World Champion, with Kirani James being the first.

Peters measured 86.89 on his fourth attempt which proved to be the winning mark, upsetting a field which saw defending World Champion Johannes Vetter of Germany forced to settle for bronze with a throw of 85.37 and Estonia’s Magnus Kirt clinched silver with a mark of 86.21.

Peters, a 21-year-old student at Mississippi State University in the United States, said he hoped his success served as an inspiration for the tiny Caribbean island.

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