Trinidad and Tobago?s Keshorn Walcott, next to the prime minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, is given a hero?s return.

The 19-year-old secured his country?s second gold in Olympic history with a throw of 84.58m in London, and the prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, declared Monday a national holiday as Walcott returned home to a hero?s welcome.

Walcott, the first non-European to win the men?s javelin since 1952, will also have a Caribbean Airline plane named after him and is to have a landmark named in his honour.

His triumph was only the second time Trinidad and Tobago have won gold at the Games, following Hasley Crawford?s success in the 100m at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

He said: ?I was proud to carry the flag of Trinidad and Tobago. Thanks to everyone for all the support and thanks to mum and dad, my brothers and sister.?

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