Javelin ace Alex Pascal won the ESPN Wide World of Sport in Florida with a 62.50 metres throw over the weekend. It was not what he was shooting for but still a credible victory against older, more experienced throwers.
The teenager harbours hopes of reaching the London Olympics in July but must throw almost 80 metres to qualify.
Alex’s father Richard said: “Alex is only 17 and was competing against a lot older, more experienced guys. All the coaches and athletes were amazed at how well he can throw for his age – and they can still see room for improvement.”
In warm-up throws Pascal was reaching over 65m, but looked a little burnt out in competition and the strong head winds did not help.
“Hopefully, we can make the adjustments before the CARIFTA Games and see what happens,” said Richard. “This Friday we are hoping to go off to another meet, or to Cuba to work on and polish up his technique.
“But the problem is now this last trip cost me more than I planned for, due to last minute unexpected expenses, so it is getting a bit stressful. I just want to get him past the CARIFTA Games.”
The Pascals are hoping for some help from Cayman Airways, to help ease overall costs.
The Olympic qualifying ‘B’ mark is 79.5 metres and 82m for the ‘A’ standard but in local competition Pascal has only thrown in the mid to high 60s. He is still convinced that with the right training and competition, London is within his grasp.
First there is the CARIFTA challenge over the Easter weekend, in Bermuda from 6-9 April. Pascal is ranked No.2 in the Caribbean behind Trinidadian Keshom Walcott, the 19-year-old reigning CARIFTA champ. It shows Pascal’s potential that he has two more years at CARIFTA in the Under-20s after this one. His nearest other rival is Adrian Williams from St Kitts who won the Under-17s last year.