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Anderson Peters, the St. Andrews, Grenada, native is just the second world champion from the island in any event and just the third medalist in Grenada’s history.

He is the first athlete from the Americas to win the World Athletics Championships in the javelin. Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott won gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

“I didn’t think 86 meters would be enough to win gold,” Peters said. “I was up against 90-meter men throwing high 88’s all season. I just believed in my coach and the work we did all season and eventually, I became a world champion.

“I want to tell my fellow Grenadians that everybody can do it if I can do it. It’s possible for everybody to become a world champion. You just have to want it as badly as I do.”

Prior to Peters, Grenada’s best finish in the javelin at the World Championships was 18th place by Trevor Modeste in 1983.

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