Anderson’s golden Para world record in javelin


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Anderson is a relative unknown, having only come under the Paralympic program’s umbrella at Athletics Australia two years ago.

He actually started his career in Little Athletics as a 10-year-old in Sydney’s southern suburbs before moving up to Queensland when he was 15.

He set his original world record at this year’s national titles in Sydney. Now the world has seen what the 19-year-old is capable of.

“I’m ready for it. I’ll go home and work a bit harder in the lead-up to Tokyo,” Anderson said.

His coach for the past five years, Desmond Davis, is very aware of the expectation that will now descend on his pupil’s shoulders.

“I’ve just got to try and keep him grounded. That will have its challenges but he’s got great parents that will keep his feet firmly planted,” Davis said.

“But I’m really proud of him. He’s been rehabbing his [right] shoulder for the past six months.

“We’ve worked diligently with this competition in mind. Now we re-set for Tokyo.”

Davis said Anderson overcoming the ankle in jury in the warm-up proved his mettle.

“I told him to get it out there and let them chase you, and he did just that,” he said.

While four different competitors jostled for the silver and bronze medals over the course of the six throws, Anderson stayed in front the whole way.

The silver went to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Doroshenko (54.87m) on the last throw, while South Africa’s Reinhardt Hamman claimed the bronze (54.63m).

Anderson’s victory pushed Australia to seventh on the overall medal table with two gold and one silver after three days of competition in the nine-day event in Dubai.

China leads the way from the 112 countries represented with six gold, six silver and four bronze.

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