No lighthouse for SA winners?

2012-08-16 00:00

CAPE TOWN — South Africa’s gold medallists from the London Olympics had to “settle” for R400 000, but that doesn’t quite match up to Trinidad & Tobago’s offering.

Little-known Keshorn Walcott threw 84.58 metres in the men’s javelin to win his nation their first Olympic gold in an athletics field event.

According to the BBC website, his reward came in the shape of R1,3 million, a luxury home, around 20 000 acres of land — and a lighthouse.

In addition, Walcott, who set a national record with his throw, will also have a Caribbean Airlines plane named after him.

Walcott returned home on Monday to Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport, where thousands dressed in the national colours of red, black and white greeted him.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had declared Monday a national holiday after his victory.

South Africa’s medal winners at the 2012 London Olympics received R400000 for a gold medal, R200 000 for silver and R80 000 for bronze.

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