PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Trinidad and Tobago government today showered its first Olympics gold medal winner in 36 years with a number of gifts including a TT$2.5 million (TT$1=US$0.16 cents) a house and 20,000 square feet of land.
T&T finished with a record four medals at the London Olympics that ended on Sunday, a performance headed by 19-year-old Keshorn Walcott who pulled off a historic upset by winning the men’s javelin throw on Saturday.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, speaking at the Piarco International Airport, where thousands of nationals had gathered to welcome home the local Olympians, said that Walcott would also have his name on an aircraft of the state-owned Caribbean Airlines, a scholarship to attend university and $1 million to invest.
The lighthouse in the village of Toco, where Walcott was born, will also be named after him.
In an emotional brief response, Walcott said, “I went out there and did my best” praising God, his coach, manager and everyone for his success.
“I would like to say thanks to everybody who supported me,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that gifts for the other Olympians that include Lalonde Gordon, who won bronze in the 400 metres and the men’s 4x100 relay team, given the bronze after Canada’s disqualification, would be announced later.