‘Higher level’

Dacres reach­ing new heights in dis­cus event

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Akino Ming/Staff Re­porter

promi­nence, when they won back-to-back ti­tles at the now de­funct World Youth Cham­pi­onship in 2009 and 2011. With shot put stand­outs O’Dayne Richards and Dan­niel Thomas-Dodd also nom­i­nated for Sports­man and Sportswoman of the Year awards, Dacres forms part of a core of throw­ers, who have taken the events to the fore­front of Ja­maican ath­let­ics.

Dacres would fol­low up his World Youth ti­tle with the World Un­der 20 Cham­pi­onship crown in 2012, as he and his coach

Ju­lian Robin­son, worked their way up the in­ter­na­tional throw­ing food chain. “When I started throw­ing, my coach gave me a hint and said that I can win at World Youth, and af­ter we did that, then we aimed at World Ju­niors and af­ter we got that, we started to aim for the world stan­dard (at the se­nior level) and even­tu­ally, we got there,” Dacres ex­plained. Last year, the na­tional record holder led all throw­ers in the dis­ci­pline head­ing into the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships, but although he missed out on a medal then, he has cer­tainly taken new flight in 2018, with a num­ber of ti­tles and key per­for­mances un­der his belt.

He be­came the first Ja­maican to win gold in the dis­cus event at the Com­mon­wealth Games, when he and Smikle grabbed the quinella Gold Coast, Aus­tralia early in the year. He fol­lowed up that per­for­mance with vic­to­ries at the North Amer­ica, Cen­tral Amer­ica and Caribbean (NACAC) Cham­pi­onships, the in­au­gu­ral Ath­let­ics World Cup, and the Di­a­mond League race in his event in a dom­i­nant dis­play in the cir­cle. “I think I can truly say that I am one of the best throw­ers in the world now and it is a good feel­ing to be nom­i­nated for an award that has been won by some of the great­est ath­letes this coun­try has pro­duced,” Dacres shared. The RJRGLEANER Sports­man and Sportswoman of the Year awards will be pre­sented dur­ing a cer­e­mony at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus on Jan­uary 18, 2019. Other male nom­i­nees are: Chris Bin­nie, Richards and Ron­ald Levy. The fe­male award will be de­cided be­tween Alia Atkin­son, Aisha Praught Leer, Kadi­jah Shaw, Stafanie Tay­lor, Sham­era Ster­ling, Janieve Rus­sell, Sh­er­icka Jack­son, Kim­berly Williams, Thomas-Dodd and Shaniecka Rick­etts.

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