St. Lucia’s Reynolds aiming for Olympic glory

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St. Lucia’s Reynolds aiming for Olympic glory
Saint Lucia's Albert Reynolds competes in the qualifying round for the men's javelin throw athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on August 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

 

Saint Lucia's Albert Reynolds competes in the qualifying round for the men's javelin throw athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on August 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
Saint Lucia’s Albert Reynolds competes in the qualifying round for the men’s javelin throw athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on August 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

Saint Lucia’s top male field events athlete is heading back to Martinique, with the goal of qualifying for the biggest meet of his life.

Albert Reynolds, who turns 28 in March, is the latest recipient of an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship from the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee Inc. Having set the men’s Javelin Throw record for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in 2015, improving on his previous personal-best mark and Saint Lucia National Record with a 77.71m effort, the Babonneau lad still needs a further five metres to punch his ticket for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

But the young man says he is confident that he can get past the 80m, and become one of the few Caribbean men ever to qualify for his pet event at the highest level. If he does, he would also be one of the smallest athletes – if not the smallest – in the field.

Albert’s journey to Rio is anything but straightforward. This is his second stint in Martinique, having trained under Roger Grangenois with Asco Inter Atlas in 2015. It was during that time that Albert had his biggest improvement, part of which he has credited to working with the French national throws coach in the European mainland.

Sorting out his paperwork for an imminent return to Europe occasioned a delay to his departure from Saint Lucia, but eventually the plan is for Albert to train and compete in France and Switzerland. For now, he will be based in Martinique, where he will be looking to eke out those extra metres.

Said Albert: “To all those who have been supporting me, I want to say a special thank you. I have now left Saint Lucia to train in Martinique in pursuit of Olympic qualification; a dream I want to make a reality.

Thank you all for the continued support, prayers and blessings that have been my rock through you and God throughout the past few years. I promise to give it 100% and never to stop until my javelin soars past that qualifying distance. Thank you everyone.”

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