Dacres grabs first Di­a­mond League win of ca­reer

Dacres grabs first Di­a­mond League win of ca­reer

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Rachid Parch­ment Gleaner Writer

WORLD-LEAD­ING DIS­CUS thrower Fedrick Dacres kept his good mo­men­tum in 2017 go­ing with his first IAAF Di­a­mond League meet win, as he claimed the Stock­holm leg with a throw of 68.36m yes­ter­day.

Dacres, who threw the third-far­thest dis­tance so far this sea­son yes­ter­day,

man­aged to get one over on home­town favourite Daniel Stahl, who had pre­vi­ously beaten him in the Oslo leg of the Di­a­mond League on Thurs­day, but fin­ished sec­ond yes­ter­day with a dis­tance of 68.13m. Dacres said that he was thrilled to beat Stahl yes­ter­day, but he knows their ri­valry will con­tinue be­ing

com­pet­i­tive through­out the sea­son, which he said he is very pleased with so far.

“This is my best ever sea­son. The con­di­tions were a bit shaky at first, but be­came re­ally good, and I’m not re­ally shocked with the dis­tance be­cause my body felt good, and when it feels good, I nor­mally do well,” Dacres told The Gleaner.

“It’s good, he’s (Stahl) an awe­some com­peti­tor and it’s good that I beat him, but he’ll be back, no doubt, to fight it out again,” he said. “It was a very rough fight from the get-go, with the guys throw­ing bombs in the first round, but I held my com­po­sure and made it out on top.” The 23-year-old has set the na­tional record twice this year, first in Jan­uary at the Big Shot In­vi­ta­tional meet with a throw of 68.67m, then broke it just two weeks later at the King of the Ring throws meet at Ex­cel­sior High with a mark of 68.88 on Fe­bru­ary 11.

He said that his con­sis­tency comes from a re­turn to the ba­sics he learnt in his ear­lier days in the throws events at Cal­abar High.

“I just went back to my high school, tech­nique, and it’s been do­ing well,” he noted.

How­ever, he does not be­lieve his best as come as yet, as he pre­pares for the JAAA’s Na­tional Se­nior Cham­pi­onships this week­end in or­der to book his spot on the Ja­maican team for the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don this Au­gust.

“We’re not peak­ing for tri­als, we’re hold­ing the load through un­til Sir King Ju­lian (his coach Ju­lian Robin­son) de­cides to sharpen up for the big game,” Dacres joked.

Look­ing ahead to the na­tional tri­als, Dacres said he does not have a spe­cific dis­tance in mind that he would like to throw. In­stead, he just wants to make sure he is bet­ter than his op­po­nents on the day – in­clud­ing train­ing col­league Traves Smikle, Ja­son Mor­gan and Chad Wright.

“I have no ex­pec­ta­tions, re­ally. I’m just gonna com­pete and the guys should be good and ready to com­pete well,” he said.


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