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Cunningham takes aim at discus World record

Published:Wednesday | January 21, 2015 | 12:01 AMShayne Fairman
AP File Jamaica's Alphanso Cunningham throws the discus during the men's Discus F53/54 final competition at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games on Sunday, September 14, 2008, in Beijing. Cunningham has set his sights on breaking the discus world record this year.

Having been behind the scenes working to better his world-record javelin throw at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in France, Alfonso Cunningham is quietly confident he will also break the discus world record this year.

The International Parlympic Committee World Championships will be held in Doha, Qatar, this summer.

The 33-year-old Cunningham broke the world record in the men's F52-54 Javelin final with a throw of 24.30 metres in Lyon, France, less than two years ago.

He was present to support fellow sports persons at last Friday's RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2014 Awards ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

"I have better performances left in me. I have a lot more to go for in my career and will be looking forward to breaking the world record in the discus," Cunningham told The Gleaner.

"I got the World Championships record in the javelin last year, so I want to break the discus record now," Cunningham continued.

"I work hard for greatness, and I still have a lot more to go, and a lot left to achieve in my sport," he outlined.

The first test for the javelin world-record holder will be the PanAm Games in Toronto, Canada, July, which he hopes will gauge his form heading into his World title defence.

"I plan to just go out there and perform my best to get medals. It's a wonderful feeling representing and bringing home glory for Jamaica," he underlined.

big performances

Cunningham added that Jamaica should look out for more big performances this year.

The Paralympian also urged disabled Jamaicans to work hard at their goals.

"Disability is not the end of the world; we can achieve," he said. "Just don't be shy, don't get cloaked up, and just come out and work hard," he urged of the disabled community.

The Digicel brand ambassador underlined that the organisation has helped him tremendously and hopes more physically challenged Jamaicans could be adopted, supported and assisted by corporate Jamaica.