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Keshorn Walcott, Trinidad and Tobago’s lone medallist at the just-concluded Olympic Games, has come in for high praise from Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Darryl Smith.

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TOP OF THE WORLD: Olympic javelin medallists, from right, Keshorn Walcott (T&T, bronze), Thomas Rohler (Germany, gold) and Julius Yego (Kenya, silver) stand on the medal ceremony podium in the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. –Photo: SEAN MORRISON

Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott and Kenyan Julius Yego standing on the podium at the Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium here in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday night, was a rare sight. Only once before, in the 120-year history of the Modern Olympics, had two non-Europeans earned precious metal in a men's javelin competition.

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Keshorn Walcott's ­family could not be more proud of his bronze medal win in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday night.

“He went out there and he did his best. His best wasn't the first place but we are extremely proud of him and he did well,” the javelin thrower's aunt, Anna-Lee Walcott-Stewart, told the Express yesterday.

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Rio de Janeiro and the world bid farewell yesterday to the first Olympic Games in South America, a 16-day spectacle that combined numerous highlight reel moments with ugly and even bizarre episodes that sometimes overshadowed the competitions.

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Abbey D’Agostino of the United States (R) was helped by Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand to finish the race after a fall. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino receive Pierre de Coubertin award for helping each other to finish race after falls

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