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Wimana Akeem Stewart

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Akeem Stewart joins the Ones to Watch list this year having won double gold at London 2017.

The Tobago man set new F43 world records in both the javelin and shot put on his way to victory at the World Championships last year.

In the shot put event, Stewart added a spectacular 4.87m on to the record mark set by Germany’s Jorg Frischmann back in 1996 as he finished more than three metres clear of his rivals with a best of 19.08m.

Stewart’s javelin throwing – an event he has described as ‘a hobby’ – was equally impressive. His second-round throw of 57.61m – which he achieved from a standing position, he doesn’t use a run-up – added nearly 30cm on to his previous world record set at Rio 2016.

Stewart first hit the headlines in 2015, when he became the first athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to finish top of the podium at the Parapan Am Games.

Stewart won not one, but two gold medals at the event in Toronto, Canada, setting what were then new world records in the javelin (53.36m) and discus (63.03m) F43.

He went on to win discus bronze at the Doha 2015 World Championships two months’ later behind US duo Jeremy Campbell and David Blair, who he had beaten in Toronto.

At Stewart’s first Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro the following year he clinched gold in the javelin F44 as well as silver in the discus F44.

In the javelin, the then 24-year-old opened with a world record throw of 57.23m before adding a further 9cm to that mark with his final effort of the day - a massive 57.32m.

In the discus F44 competition, Stewart threw an impressive 61.72m, but it still wasn’t enough for gold as F44 thrower Blair was in record-breaking form, reaching 64.11m.

He was named 2016 Sportsman of the Year at the Tobago House of Assembly Sport Award as a result of his achievements, then in May 2017 he carried the Queen's Baton in Trinidad and Tobago during the relay ahead of the 2018 Gold Coat Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F43

Further personal information

Residence
Trinidad & Tobago
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age five in Trinidad and Tobago. He competed in Para athletics for the first time in 2013 in Medellin, Colombia.
Why this sport?
His father introduced him to the sport.
Name of coach
Wade Franklyn [national], TTO

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Trinidad & Tobago
Location
Medellín, COL

General interest

Hobbies
Fishing, swimming, spending time at the beach. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold and setting a world record at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father Wayne, and coach Wade Franklyn. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US shot putter Brian Oldfield. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Injuries
He suffered from knee and finger injuries between 2011 and 2016. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sports do not build character, they help reveal it." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In May 2017 he carried the Queen's Baton in Trinidad and Tobago during the relay ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (guardian.co.tt, 31 May 2017)

He was named the 2016 Sportsman of the Year at the Tobago House of Assembly Sport Awards in Trinidad and Tobago. (trinidadexpress.com, 22 May 2017)

He was named the 2016 Male Athlete of the Year by the Tobago Falcons Athletic Club in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. (guardian.co.tt, 28 Dec 2016)

He was Trinidad and Tobago's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

He was named the 2015 Sports Personality of the Year by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee [TTOC]. (newsday.co.tt, 31 Dec 2015)

In 2015 he received a Sporting Achievement Award from the Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport in Trinidad and Tobago. (deyastha.gov.tt, 04 Jun 2015)
Impairment
He has a leg length difference. (usportt.com, 21 Dec 2013)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to win a gold medal at the Parapan American Games when he triumphed in the F44 discus in 2015 in Toronto, ON, Canada. (trinidadexpress.com, 14 Aug 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F44 Final 1 2015-10-22 3
Men's Javelin F44 Final 1 2015-10-30 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Men's Discus Throw F44 Final Round 2016-09-16 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F44 Final 1 2017-07-16 5
Men's Javelin F44 Final 1 2017-07-18 1
Men's Shot Put F44 Final 1 2017-07-23 1